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IN THIS ISSUE... 

1 The Hampden-Sydney Museum moves to its new 
location. 

3 On the Hill 

5 Letters 

6 Hampden-Sydney Machismo: a profile of Dr. Alan 
Farrell, assistant professor of French. 

8 The Cabell Foundation awards $65,000 to the College. 

9 Hampden House which for many alumni embodies the 
spirit of hospitality and graciousness, sees new service as 
Faculty/Alumni Club. 

11 Fifteen persons join Hampden-Sydney's Board of 
Trustees during the College's Bicentennial year. 

13 Hampden-Sydney opens its Richmond Office. 

15 The Washington Semester: one student's view. 

17 Coach Howdy Myers adds a special dimension to H-SC's 
athletic program. 

20 Hitchhiking update: some things never change. 

21 Painter Morton Sacks examines the state of the liberal 
arts. 

21 Philip Ropp Scholarship is established. 

22 G. Otis Mead, class of '56, contributes to the "renaissance 
in Lexington." 

24 Mr. John Lee Pratt remembers H-SC in his will 

24 Dr. Reveley is honored by the College of Charleston 

25 Blessed are the Meek: a tribute to Mrs. Overcash 

26 H-SC Golf Team looks forward to another successful 
year. 

27 H-SC Trustee defends charitable giving deductions. 

28 In Memoriam 

29 Class Notes 

30 Mrs. Graves Thompson becomes first woman moderator 
of Blue Ridge Presbytery 

VOLUME 53 NUMBER 1 



PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE 
OFFICE of COLLEGE AFFAIRS. BOX 637 
SANDRA B. KEYS. Editor 
MARK BURRIS. Assistant Editor 



The Hampden-Sydney Museum Opens at New 

Location 




History is a cumulative process. When an event is 
occurring, one that will be recorded orally, in 
textbooks, or on written records, the day-to-day life 
for others does not stop. No one ceased working as the 
great masters were painting their masterpieces; few 
bothered to take an interest in Brueghel's Fall of Icarus 
while it was on the easel. Brueghel even depicts this 
nonchalance in his painting: the farmer continues 
plovdng and the ship sails on as Icarus falls from the 
sky. The fact is, historic events are not, as a rule, 
significant until after they occur. Any historical 
society or museum worth its bricks and mortar must 
make a concerted effort to accumulate the significant 
items which recall an event. Someone must be there to 
insure that history shall be preserved. 

Hampden-Sydney is not historic because it is 200 
years old. The mere passage of time does not insure 
anything old in years a significant place in history. It is 
the tradition that remains beyond the superficiality of 
"existence" which reserves a historic locus in the 
annals of time, and in this respect Hampden-Sydney 
College possesses an endowed chair. 

The significance of the College, its living legacy of 
200 years, is preserved in the Hampden-Sydney 
Museum. The Museum was established in 1968 by Mrs. 
Esther T. Atkinson "to serve as a central repository for 
College treasures and mementoes," the tangible items 
either representing or commemorating a period in the 
College's history. 



The artifacts and treasures collected by the 
Museum Committee over the last eight years were 
formerly housed in a small space in Bagby Hall. In 
March the Museum moved to its permanent residence 
in the old post office which had been renovated 
through a generous gift from Hampden-Sydney Trustee 
John B. Fuqua of Fuqua Industries in Atlanta. 

The move, though little more than 100 yards, will 
be the most important step for the Museum, according 
to a museum spokesman. "It is not only a physical 
transferral from one place to another, but a renewal of 
the Museum's purpose," the spokesman continued. 
"There is a rejuvenated concern in the history of 
Hampden-Sydney and her alumni. It will further serve 
as an important educational force on campus and will 
work to preserve the tangible remains of the College's 
200-year tradition." 

In the new building there will be temporary 
displays on such things as the athletic teams, literary 
and historical societies, and the more specialized areas 
on medicine and law. 

More permanently placed will be a walk-through 
history of the College from the presidents' portraits to 
mementoes from the founding years, officially 
designated as the period from 1775 to 1800. 

Founded on the first of January, 1776, with 
Samuel Stanhope Smith as its first president and 
Patrick Henry and James Madison as members of the 
first Board of Trustees, Hampden-Sydney represents 
the spirit of independence which permeated through- 
out the thirteen colonies. In 1772, the Presbyterian 
clergy of central Virginia and the families of their 
congregations had made some unsuccessful efforts 
toward establishing an educational institution for the 
young people in the region. These efforts were 
renewed in October of 1774 by the Hanover 
Presbytery, and construction of an academy building 
was authorized in 1775 on a tract of land donated by 
Peter Johnston, a Scottish native and early settler in 
Prince Edward County. 



About suffering they were never wrong. 
The Old Masters: how well they understood 
Its human position; how it takes place 
While someone else is eating or opening a window 
or just walking dully along: 

W. H. Auden in "Musee des Beaux Arts" 



"/ know of no way by which to judge the future but 
by the past. " 

Charter Trustee Patrick Henry 




Photo by Bill Winburn 



The museum retains from these founding yeajs a 
brass candlestick owned by Nathaniel Venable 
(1733-1804), one of the College's founders. The 
candlestick, alone a seemingly inconspicuous item, 
acquires a true significance when it is learned that it 
once rested at Venable 's plantation where the Hanover 
Presbytery finalized construction plans for the College 
in 1775. 

In 1777, a lottery was authorized by the Virginia 
legislature to procure additional funds for the 
institution. One of the original lottery tickets is on 
display in the Museum. 

Among the articles from the 19th Century is an 
exact replica of the camera used by John William 
Draper (1811-1882) to take the first picture of a living 
person. The replica was made by the Smithsonian 
Institution, where the original camera, owned by the 
College, is on loan. Draper was a professor of 
Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney from 1836 to 1839. 

Wooden training swords from the Civil War and 
the dress uniform of William Henry Venable of the 
Brunswick, Virginia Guard recall the years of the War 
Between the States from 1861 to 1865. 



The bottle used to christen the U.S. Victory Ship 
Hampden-Sydney, commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 
1945, is encased in the Museum. 

Items such as these alone are worthless unless 
their proper perspective is restored. By researching the 
period and events which once surrounded them, the 
history they represent becomes priceless. 

While the Museum's endowment covers many of 
the expenses incurred, time has been the major 
expense. Mrs. Atkinson has taken the initiative to 
research most of the displays, and her time has been, 
possibly, the Museum's most valuable asset. 

Mrs. Atkinson was instrumental in organizing the 
existing forces interested in starting a Museum in 1967. 
Her constant prodding resulted in the Bagby location 
and many of the historic pieces. 

But Mrs. Atkinson will testify, however, that 
existing funds do not cover the purchase of historical 
articles. All of the over three hundred portraits and 
miscellaneous items, pictures, documents, and publica- 
tions in the possession of the Museum Committee have 
either been given or loaned by interested individuals or 
organizations. 

The Museum cannot possibly hold some of the 
larger items such as antique furniture, but it could be, 
according to the Museum spokesman, "a place for the 
temporary display of such items which would later be 
placed in other locations on campus. Many of the 
valuable portraits and furniture could thus return to 
the campus for this use." 

Museum officials hope that eventually their 
building will serve as a major educational force for the 
College. In this way it would not only play an 
important role in the historical perspective at 
Hampden-Sydney, but for all of Prince Edward 
County, the state of Virginia, and the nation. 

As Hampden-Sydney College enters its third 
century of service— its look to the future— the 
importance of a backward glance becomes increasingly 
more momentous. The Museum of Hampden-Sydney 
affords the students, faculty, alumni, and visitors of 
the College that opportunity. 

The Museum of Hampden-Sydney College 
invites donations of unique and historic items 
which deal with the history of the College. The 
Museum Committee reserves the right, however, to 
decline materials which they consider not in 
keeping with the Museum's purpose and objectives. 



On the Hill 



The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 
Hampden-Sydney College has announced the creation 
of the Patrick Henry Scholarships. The Scholarships 
will be awarded to members of the incoming class of 
1980. Between three and five Patrick Henry Scholars 
will be selected on the basis of their superior 
achievements in academics and proven qualities of 
leadership. The four year scholarships vnll meet the 
demonstrated financial need of their recipients in full. 
Should a particular student be in a situation where 
there is no need, the award will be $1000. 

The Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, 
Dr. Thomas Mayo, has announced that 120 students 
have been named to the Dean's List at Hampden- 
Sydney College on the basis of their academic 
performance during the fall semester just completed. 

The Office of the Dean of Students recently 
announced the nomination of twelve Hampden-Sydney 
students for inclusion in the publication of the 1976 
Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges Eind 
Universities. The honored students are: Frank 
Cleveland Bedinger, III of Boydton; Fred Lee Brown, 
Jr., Gloucester; Jeffrey Mark Burris, High Point, N.C.; 
Edward Francis Kelley, HI, West Point; William 
Murdoch Klein, Roanoke; Thomas Frederick Leftwich, 
Jr., Hopewell; Archibald Carter Magee, Jr., Roanoke; 
Angas William Reid from Winston-Salem, N.C.; George 
Edgar Rice, Victoria; Robert Lee Samuel, Jr., Sterling 
Park; Martin Manker Sherrod, Sanford, N.C.; and 
Richard Lee Trumbo, Marshall. Another senior William 
David Paxton, of Salem, was honored by being selected 
last year. 

Mrs. W. Taylor Reveley has been appointed 
researcher-curator of the new Patrick Henry Museum 
at Red Hill. 

Dr. Herbert Sipe, associate professor of chemistry 
at Hampden-Sydney College has been selected as one 
of 26 outstanding college and university teachers in a 
national report on improved teaching published by 
Change Magazine under a grant from the federal 
government's Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary 
Education. 

Recognition for outstanding teaching went to the 
entire chemistry department for its program which 
involves undergraduates in a research-style laboratory 
early in their careers. 



The innovative laboratory program developed by 
the chemistry department consists of a four-year series 
of projects constituting a completely separate set of 
courses within the curriculum, according to Sipe. From 
entering freshman to graduating senior, the student 
learns in gradual steps to define scientific problems, 
devise solutions with the aid of faculty and library 
resources, design and carry out relevant experiments, 
analyze and interpret experimental data, and commu- 
nicate research findings both orally and in writing. Of 
special importance is the fact that each student's 
project is uniquely his own. Every student devises, 
researches, executes, and defends his experimental 
procedures, maintaining a research notebook through- 
out his college career. 




Dr. T. Edward Crawley, Hurt Professor of English 
at Hampden-Sydney, has been selected for the 1975 
edition of Who's Who in America. The College would 
like to hear from other alumni who have been selected 
recently for Who's Who in America. 

Mark Burris of High Point, North Carohna, has 
been appointed Director of News and Information at 
Hampden-Sydney. Burris, a graduate in English from 
Hampden-Sydney in December of 1975, will work in 
the Office of College Affairs. His main responsibility 
will be to generate news and feature articles about all 
aspects of life at Hampden-Sydney. He plans to work 
closely with student writers and photographers to 
involve them to a greater degree in publicizing news 
and information about the College. 

James Beckner, a native of Roanoke and a 1974 
graduate in government from Hampden-Sydney, has 
been appointed to a dual administrative position 
within the College. Beckner will serve both as Assistant 
Director of Counseling and Career Planning and as 
Assistant in the College Admissions Office. The 
dualistic nature of Beckner's position enables him to 
follow a student's progress from the admission process 
through the college years, and, finally, to successful 
job search and placement. 

The Museum Committee has announced that the 
second Antiques Symposium will be held on the 
campus Saturday, May 22. The guest speakers will be 
the Honorable Clement E. Conger, White House 
Curator and Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee of 
the State Department; Miss Sarah B. Sherrill, Associate 
Editor of Antiques Magazine; Mrs. Whaley W. Batson 
of Winston-Salem's Museum of Early Southern 
Decorative Arts. Mr. John W. Melody of Wintertown 
will conduct a Furniture Conservation Workshop on 
the same day. For information regarding registration 
for either program, please contact Mr. T. H. Shomo at 
the College. 

The Center for Counseling and Career Planning 
hosted its second annual Pre-Law Colloquium on 
March 6. Entitled "A Tradition of Excellence for 200 
Years," the program featured former Senator William 
B. Spong as keynote speaker, and U.S. District Court 
Judge John A. Field, and Judges Dixon L. Foster and 
Jose Ramon Davila as judges of the moot court, which 
dealt with the constitutionality of the death penalty. 



Spong, currently President of the Virginia Bar 
Association stressed the importance of a good liberal 
arts education as necessary for the potential law 
student. He predicted that over 8,000 applications 
would be submitted for only 750 positions at the four 
Virginia law schools this year. 

"Hampden-Sydney College Memorabilia" was the 
title of a recent Bicentennial college display at the 
Thomas Jefferson branch of the Fairfax County 
Library. 

Provided by Miss Harriett A. Chilton of Falls 
Church and Dr. Chapman Hunter Binford of Arlington, 
the exhibit included a graduation suit, picture, diploma 
and other memorabilia of Hampden-Sydney graduate 
Chapman Hunter Chilton (class of 1858), grandfather 
of the exhibit donors. Mr. Chilton was the first 
Superintendent of Schools in Appomattox County, a 
position he held for nearly 25 years. Four of his 
grandsons as well as two great-grandsons attended 
Hampden-Sydney. Articles in the exhibit will be placed 
in the Hampden-Sydney College Museum. 




Photo by Don Winter 



Letters 



Greetings from an 
Alumnus 

Dear Alumni: 

The continued love, spirit and 
sound policy of the old College cheer 
me in the 98th year of my age. 

May God's rich blessing be and 
abide upon the honored and honorable 
institution. 

R. Gamble See '99 
Floyd, Virginia 



Inquiry: Annual Report 

My warm thanks for The 
Record. Always it is interesting. My 
three years of Hampden-Sydney 
fellowship with faculty and students 
were in my judgment most rewarding, 
and I shall be, I hope, forever grateful. 

With sorrow I noted the lack of 
my name on the list of Class of '21 
donors. The check is dated 11/8/75 
and a date on the reverse is Nov. 21, 
75. 

We of the Class of '21 and '22 
were fairly hardy youths, and it is 
pleasing that so many happily survive. 
I belonged, in the three years, to both 
classes. 

It has been my "cursed spite" to 
chide with Hampden-Sydney for not 
holding "the faith" as it appears to 
me; yet for her general output, it has 
pleased me to think that she measures 
up well in the average stream of 
current American college life. 

M. D. Newton '21 
Long Beach, California 

Thank you for giving us the 
opportunity to explain listings in the 
recent annual report. 

That report covered the 
College's fiscal year of 1974-75 which 
was from July 1, 1974 through June 
30, 1975. Your gift of November 21, 
1975 is within the present fiscal year 
of 1975-76, and your name will appear 
in the next annual report for that 
accounting period. 

I hope this explains why your 
name was not listed in the report. If it 



does not. please write again. We make 
every effort not to omit anyone, but 
mistakes do occur, and we are only 
too happy to correct them. Future 
annual reports will carry the exact 
dates of the College's fiscal year. 
Inquiries such as yours have pointed 
out the need for this. 

The warmth of your feeling 
about Hampden-Sydney is an 
encouragement to all of us who are 
trying to carry on what was begun in 
faith over two hundred years ago. 
Every human endeavor must bear the 
possibility of human frailty and 
Hampden-Sydney has not escaped 
those times when those who love her 
have been troubled. 

But we believe that the spirit of 
Eggleston, Bagby, Whiting and other 
giants of the years you were on 
campus still permeates the College. 
You will find that dedication and 
concern still exist among those who 
work here. The first president summed 
up the intent of the founders in these 
words, "To form good men and good 
citizens in an atmosphere of sound 
learning ..." and this legacy is our 
responsibility today. 

While the need of money to 
cover the high costs of operating a 
college must be our day-to-day 
concern, we hope that we never forget 
the greatest gifts Hampden-Sydney can 
receive are those of the heart. With 
these, the future of the College is 
assured. 

SAT Score Corrected 

In the last issue we mistakenly 
reported that the SAT verbal average 
for the current freshman class is 473. 
We are happy to say that the correct 
score is 493. 

Record's Purpose? 

Over the past 10 years since I 
left the Hill I have on a number of 
occasions wondered just what the 
purpose of The Record is. Is it to 
inform the alumni? Reprint graduation 
speeches? Be a literary magazine? 
Probably all of these things are at least 
partially the case, but I have come to 
the conclusion that the first function 



is the most important. The communi- 
cation of information. But what 
information? I know that I am 
interested in what is going on at 
Hampden-Sydney. What are the 
students doing, saying, thinking? What 
does the campus look like now? Who 
is on the faculty now and who has left 
and where have they gone? Do 
students who want a ride to Farmville 
still stand in front of College Church? 
What percentage of students now join 
fraternities? What do students do after 
they graduate? 

Having said all that, let me add 
that I feel that the most recent issue of 
The Record which I have received 
(Summer, 1975) is one of the more 
interesting ones I have received. It did 
do a lot of informing and I think that 
things are now moving in the right 
direction. 

John G. Claudy '65 
Cupertino, California 

Thank you for your kind 
comments about The Record. We are 
trying to make The Record a more 
effective means of communication 
between the College and its alumni, 
parents and friends. This issue marks 
the beginning of a new format which 
will attempt to provide information on 
the activities and thoughts of students, 
faculty, alumni and friends of 
Hampden-Sydney. 

While we cannot possibly answer 
all your questions this time, we hope 
you will consider this issue a good 
start. We always welcome comments, 
suggestions, questions, random 
thoughts, constructive criticism, 
articles and photographs from our 
readers. 

Letters to the Editor, with 
the writer's name and address, 
should be sent to: 
Editor 

THE RECORD 
Hampden-Sydney College 
Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 
23943 

Letters are subject to 
editing for reasons of space and 
clarity. 



Hampden-Sydney Machismo 





—by A. Carter Magee 

Ernest Hemingway called it 
machismo. The word that he 
made famous sticks as closely to 
the character of Alan Farrell as it 
does to that of Jake Barnes or 
Nick Adams. Unlike the last two, 
however, Alan Farrell is not a 
character out of a Hemingway 
novel, although he easily could 
be. Alan Farrell, Ph.D., is assis- 
tant professor of French at 
Hampden-Sydney College in 
Virginia. 

And whether he himself will 
believe it or not, Alan Farrell is 
machismo. He's a man's man. 
With his guns, his dogs, his Green 
Berets, Special Forces, U.S. 
Army background, his antique 
cars, and his motorcycles, the 
case for FarreU the romantic, 
Farrell the Hemingway hero, 
FarreU the leader of men and 
potter of collegiate minds, is an 
easy one to assemble. The list of 
military-manly-material virtues is 
a long one when one looks at the 
transcript of his life. There is 
more, however, much more to 
his life than mere materiality. 




Take the military part of his 
life. He served in Viet Nam for a 
year and a half in the heat of the 
Tet offensive. But now, eight 
years later, he tends to play 
down his military past, though it 
is still a very real part of him. 
Once a month. Dr. Farrell 
becomes S. Sgt. Farrell, a 
member of a highly-trained 
Special Forces team. He ventures 
to training areas in and around 
the state of Virginia in order to 
maintain his physical, as well as 
mental prowess outside of the 
classroom. 

Farrell is quick to point 
out, however, that being or 
having been in the military is not 
a prerequisite to becoming a 
man. He says, "I don't feel as 
though I've been elevated in any 
way by the adventures that I 
deliberately sought out. If 1 
learned anything, I think I 
probably learned it before the 
Army days and not during 
them." 

The important "it" for 
Farrell is the secret of the 
universe which, he says, "I had 
with me before I left. I really 



didn't discover it in Viet Nam. I 
confirmed it, if you want, but I 
found it in school. I found it in 
Goethe and others." 

For these reasons and 
others, Al FarreU, professor, 
parachutist, hand-gun buff, out- 
door enthusiast, has a strong 
appeal to those around him, 
especially his students. He is 
aware, though modestly, of his 
appeal. "I suppose I don't do 
much to discourage it because 
the academic world can be very 
dry sometimes, and it's nice to 
have something else, some kind 
of special character." He 
reaffirms the thoughts of many 
of his students that some things 
in the classroom are just plain 
unexisting. Such idle times are 
the times when it's good to liven 
things up, according to FarreU. 
But he hastily adds, "That's a 
very shaky ground for the 
professional thinker, a very 
shaky ground upon which to rear 
any kind of edifice." 

The amiable French 
professor settled back into his 
armchair at his home where I had 
sought him out for his interview. 
By piecing together bits of 
student gossip and my questions 
to the man himself, I found what 
could be considered a typical day 
for Dr. FarreU. 

He starts his morning 
routine off with a long draw on a 
cold Coke, an indispensible "all 
virtue, no vice" luxury around 
the Farrell household. Then it's 
chamois shirt and khakis, a sport 
coat from undergraduate days at 
Trinity and graduate days at 
Tufts, and a thin, dark green tie, 
precariously fastened to the shirt 
by an Army tie-clasp. After 
breakfast and a little reading, 
Professor FarreU is ready to step 
back into the world of academ- 
ics. Tucking his Larousse and 
some romans francais under his 
tatooed arm, he hoofs it to his 



waiting Model T Ford. Since he 
has rebuilt it, the car starts 
without a hitch and purrs con- 
tentedly, a happy occasion that 
my own late-model four-wheeler 
is apt not to enjoy seven times 
out of ten. 

As he chugs his way past 
the football field and Gammon 
Gymnasium, he spies an early- 
morning basketballer trudging 
home after a workout. From the 
T's transmission comes the 
whining sound of a downshift 
and the professor barks, although 
politely, "How about a lift?" 
"Rie student declines, saying he is 
headed for Gushing Hall at the 
moment. The engine revs up 
again. Next stop is Bagby Hall 
and a cozy, though cluttered, 
office. He types out a couple of 
his infamous "Farrellgrams" and 
otherwise readies himself for a 
day of imparting his vast knowl- 
edge of literature to often 
unwilling students. 

The average student, how- 
ever, finds Dr. Farrell an 
intriguing character for his skill 
in interpreting not only French, 
but also Greek and Latin litera- 
ture, and ... hfe. He is aware of 
his appeal to his students, 
although he frankly states, "... I 
hke to think that whatever 
interest the students have in me, 
they also have an interest in the 
way I look at literature in the 
classroom and the way I cause 
them to look at it." 

Judging from his attitude 
about life one can see that my 
khaki-clad, Coke-drinking host 
lives the life of a romantic hero. 
He agrees to the label "roman- 
tic", but denies that of "hero": 
"If you accept at least one of the 
ongoing definitions of romanti- 
cism as a kind of nostalgia, then I 
suppose there's a sort of romance 
to hopeless causes. The very fact 
that the war in Viet Nam was a 
lost cause does not decrease the 



kind of romanticism that is 
attached to it." 

The younger days of waving 
guns around were obviously 
glorious ones for Dr. Farrell. And 
he feels a certain kind of 
attraction to those days when 
the paper work piles up, or he 
finds himself wearing two 
different-colored socks, or when 
someone pesters him about a 
grade that should have been an 
89 instead of an 87. 

I questioned Dr. Farrell's 
pot of gold at the end of his 
romantic rainbow, since it was 
by now apparent in my interview 
that he was a confirmed roman- 
tic and, at least in my eyes, a 
romantic hero of sorts, a man 
who had become something of a 
case-model for his students. He 
settled back into his armchair 
next to stacks of French books 
and various Greek and Latin 
classics. "It comes out under a 
case of Coca-Cola, I suspect. A 
romantic, I'm afraid, has a 
tendency to be very short- 
sighted, but since I've anchored 
myself as a professor, I'm having 
better luck at finding it." 

The remark ran parallel to 
something he had said to me 
once before, "I don't see much 
further than a Coke at the end of 
the day." I guessed rightly that 
that philosophy had been formal- 
ized during his Army years. Long 
days of tramping through 
Vietnamese jungles with dirt and 
blood, bugs and snakes as com- 
panions create the Epicurean 
pleasure/pain syndrome. The 
soldier inflicts pain upon himself; 
he suffers, he struggles with 
another force as well as himself, 
and, at the end of the mission he 
gets some positive reinforcement, 
maybe a Coca-Cola. This plea- 
sure, though in some ways false, 
has made his day. Why do you 
suffer? Because it feels so good 
when you don't. Farrell backed 



off a bit from the syndrome: 
"There's a certain amount of 
tragedy to that philosophy." 

The role of professor has its 
worrysome moments, according 
to Farrell. "I worry about having 
to sell my courses. I spend 
considerable effort to put con- 
tent into them. But, if we're 
saying, 'Take French because 
Farrell is a hot ticket and tells 
war stories and says dirty words' 
instead of 'Take French because 
Farrell compares fifty texts 
before he chooses one, makes 
out his syllabus at night after 
hours, tries to cover students on 
grades, yet give them the dignity 
of thinking they're in a difficult 
course,' then it's embarrassing. 
It's embarrassing to have them 
choose French for the first 
reason and not the second." 

But war stories are infre- 
quent and "pointless" in a class 
with Dr. Farrell. The same kind 
of hero he found in Viet Nam, he 
finds on the Hampden-Sydney 
campus; "What you see is the 
kind of person here who would 
be a Viet Nam hero or a hero 




anywhere. Being shot at doesn't 
make people any smarter, and 
not being shot at doesn't make 
them any less of a man." War 
stories, when told must relate to 
the literary topic of the day, I 
learned. Heroism, human 
struggle, pathos, death, love, 
war— all the great themes in 
literature can sometimes be eluci- 
dated by a vignette of life from a 
jungle war somewhere across the 
ocean. 

The complacency, callous- 
ness, indifference, and silliness 
which mark the characters of 
many students is also found in 
the Army. However, Dr. Farrell 
admitted, "There are people 
here, too, who tell you to button 
your buttons. Nothing's 
changed." 

We paused in our interview 
and retreated to the kitchen for a 
coke and an eclair. The dogs 
whined. We let them out. The 
conversation continued on war 
and courage and literature, on 
Hampden-Sydney and on life. I 
pressed the military issue some, 
but Farrell suppressed it. But 
another spark was kindled, guns. 
Remington, Colt, Parker, Luger, 
Mauser, M-16 carbine. Farrell 
knew them all: their history, 
their effectiveness, everything. 

One subject led to another 
until the next thing I knew we 



were whisking down the Five 
Forks Road headed for his farm 
in his 1943 Chevy pickup: engine 
Farrell, body Farrell, chassis 
Farrell. Between my knees was a 
WWI 30.06 Springfield. On the 
dusty seat beside me was a .45, 
and a few clips of Farrell-made 
cartridges. 

The 14 acre farm is within 
minutes of Hampden-Sydney by 
car and even shorter "as the crow 
flies." In a cloud of gravel dust 
we pulled up to a small, two- 
room weather stained cabin 
guarded by a posted sign. Guns 
in hand and holster, we followed 
a deer trail to the creek at the 
bottom of a deep gully. After a 
couple hours of hearing about 
Viet Nam and war, my mind was 
filled with visions of the enemy 
and jungle patrols. A branch 
snapped in my face and we were 
on Farrell's farm again, talking of 
cedar tree fence lines, Johnson 
grass, and the good life. 

His is more than a mere 
existence marked by a style 
which many of us cannot enjoy. 
He is the kind of independent 
thinker who was independent 
and thoughtful in the sixties 
before it became fashionable to 
assert that false sense of indepen- 
dence and nonconformity which 
ended in the Height Asburys and 



continued on page 16 




Cabell Foundation 
Awards Grant to 
Hampden-Sydney 

Hampden-Sydney College 
has recently received a grant of 
$65,000 from the Robert G. 
Cabell, III, and Maude Morgan 
Cabell Foundation of Richmond. 
The grant makes possible an 
additional step in Hampden- 
Sydney's Heritage '76 
campaign— a program of restora- 
tion and renovation for several of 
the College's historic buildings. 
The Heritage '76 Campaign 
focuses upon the College's most 
crucial and immediate capital 
needs, offering a sound plan for 
improving the more historic 
buildings on campus. Several of 
the buildings have been in 
continuous use for more than 
150 years. Gushing Hall, for 
example, is the oldest four-story 
dormitory still in use as such in 
America. The Cabell Foundation 
grant will allow the College to 
prepare for construction of 
several temporary housing units 
on the campus. The new housing 
will be located near Hampden 
House, home of the Hampden- 
Sydney Club, and will eventually 
provide additional space for the 
Club's activities. 

The Cabell Foundation has 
been primarily interested in local 
giving with emphasis on higher 
education, music and health 
agencies. The Foundation's 
generous gifts to Hampden- 
Sydney include the William H. 
Cabell Memorial, an endowment 
grant of $35,000 begun in 1967 
for faculty enrichment, specifi- 
cally taking the form of a 
Distinguished Teaching Award. 
The Cabell Foundation also 
awarded Hampden-Sydney a 
grant of $25,000 in 1971 to be 
used in planning special events 
for its bicentennial observance. 



Hampden House: A Century and a half 
of Hampden-Sydney Hospitality 



by Anne Baldwin 

Symbolically set as the first 
building one sees approaching 
the College, Hampden House 
stands on what was the site of 
the original college in 1776. 
Although many exact dates and 
facts on Hampden House are still 
unknown, it is believed that it 
was completed and first occupied 
by Professor L. L. Holladay and 
his wife in 1858. Like most 
faculty on campus at that time. 
Professor Holladay kept students 
in his home. Those students 
boarding with him must have 
lived in considerable luxury 
among the fineries that comple- 
mented the house. Holladay was 
a "practical agriculture chemist" 
and a description of his home 
was given by W. H. Whiting, Class 
of '80: 

"His farm produced beauti- 
ful crops of com, grain and 
clover; the trees in his orchard 
were loaded with luscious fruit; 
his yard was carpeted with a 
growth of green-sward that 
remind one of an English park 
and was adorned with plants and 
flowers." 

The closeness vidth the 
students and the contented 
environment that Holladay and 
his wife created were expressed 
by the Reverend J. R. Bridges; 
D.D. who boarded there: 

"Then there was L. L. 
Holladay, the most rounded 
character I have ever known. For 
nearly six years I sat by him at 
his table, and enjoyed the most 
intimate friendship with him, 
and now as I compare him with 
other men I have known, I 




cannot recall his equal. He had a 
keen sense of humor, eyes that 
twinkled when a joke was 
coming; a true sense of justice, 
that gave him unbounded influ- 
ence over boys, and knit them to 
him with a band of steel. It was 
my good fortune during my 
College and Seminary days to 
board with Prof. Holladay. I am 
an old man now, but I can never 
forget his kindness and that of 
his charming wife, whose interest 
in her boys never fagged and 
whose patience with their whims 
was beyond belief." 

The Holladays occupied 
"Hampden House" up until the 
1890's, when the college physi- 
cian. Dr. Horace Lacy, his wife 
and her niece moved in. Like the 
Holladays, Mrs. Lacy and her 



adopted daughter, Minnie, 
started a boarding house. 

Since there was no college- 
run dining hall, most of the 
students got their meals at one of 
four places: The Maples, the 
home of Miss Sallie Tom 
Paulette; The Grotto, the home 
of Misses Addie and Susie 
Venable; The Club, which a 
manager ran with several 
students sharing the expenses; 
and The Lacy House. Being one 
out of fourteen or so boarding 
houses on campus, the Lacy 
Boarding House was known as 
most desirable and was fast 
gaining recognition as a place 
where "hospitality of the best 
southern tradition never failed 
and thoughtfulness always pre- 
vailed." 



An alumnus who ate meals 
at the Lacy House, Dr. Robert 
W. Bugg, recalled that 

"The college owned the 
Lacy House property and gave 
Dr. Bagby the use of it as a 
prerequisite. He in turn gave Mrs. 
Lacy and Miss Minnie the privi- 
lege of living there and using it as 
a boarding house. Dr. Bagby had 
his living quarters there and was 
furnished his meals. He almost 
always ate after students had 
finished. It was considered a 
privilege when one happened to 
be late to meals and was able to 
eat with "Bags" who was well 
informed on most of the topics 
of interest of the time." 

"He had the reputation of 
ignoring Freshmen, grunting at 
Sophomores, speaking occassion- 
ally to Juniors, and talking only 
to Seniors. An alumnus who 
once boarded there, J. W. 
Benjamin '23 recalled that a 
friend, "Uncle John," could 
mock the good doctor's limp 
perfectly. But it was recorded 
that once the students watching 
Uncle John became strangely 
quiet, and Uncle John became 
strangely quiet, and Uncle John 
looked around to note Dr. Bagby 
watching him. 'Wrong leg,' said 
the doctor, moving on." 



After the death of Mrs. 
Horace Lacy, Miss Minnie took 
over the house. As many as 50 
students would take their meals 
there. The meals were often 
remembered by alumni as "out 
of this world." Mr. Benjamin 
stated that ... "We had hot bread 
always. Delicious hot bread! I 
was on the basketball squad and 
I remember that Coach Roundy 
did not approve of hot bread in 
the evening before a game and 
told us not to eat it. We 
attributed his reluctance to allow 
us hot bread fresh from the oven, 
to his Yankee heritage rather 
than to good medical sense. ..but 
of course Coach Roundy was 
right. I doubt if H-S basketball 
players eat a lot of bread these 
evenings before home games... 
Yet it is not so much the oven 
fresh bread or Sunday morning 
waffles with oozing butter that 
one remembers as the love that 
gently blowed from the place - 
every day of the week." 

Dr. Bugg remembers Mrs. 
Lacy as a quiet, elderly lady 
whom the boys did not see 
much. Miss Minnie, he recalled, 
was one of those ladies with 
whom time seemed to make few 
changes. "She could always be 
counted on as a chaperon for the 





Miss Minnie 



dances. Since it was against 
college rules to hold a dance on 
college property, students held 
dances off campus (which meant 
across the street). Miss Minnie 
and Mrs. Lacy, with others on 
'the Hill,' would furnish living 
quarters and board free of charge 
to the visiting girls, who were 
invited to the dances." 

Miss Minnie, even though 
still very young, was able to 
maintain order whUe never losing 
her patience or dignity. Many 
alumni have fondly reminisced 
on their times in Miss Minnie's 
House. One alumni, Alfred P. 
Goddin '10, characterized Miss 
Minnie as "possessing an unusual- 
ly fine poise and unfailing sense 
of humor... She was so respon- 
sive to our jokes and foolishness 
that there was never a dull 
moment. And above this all - I 
never heard a criticism of her 
from any boy on campus." 

Another boarder in the 
Lacy House, George Lyle, who 
was Miss Minnie's half-brother, 
remembered his first encounter 
with Minnie Lacy: "I was a timid 
little boy and she was a charming 
young lady of about twenty 
years. She smUed at me and 
talked with me and made me 
happy. She was beautiful! After I 
entered college, I soon saw that 
making people happy was her 



way of life. She loved all and 
those who knew her best loved 
her." Minnie talked with the 
boys, entering into their joys and 
sometimes their sorrows - she 
saw each as an individual and was 
always a ready listener." Miss 
Minnie embodied the spirit of 
Hampden-Sydney. It was a better 
college because she had lived 
there. Her noble life has been an 
inspiration and a benediction to 
those who were privileged to 
know her. 

Not only was Miss Minnie 
remembered for her unfailing 
warmth and grace but also the 
social amenities so many young 
men learned there. Requiring 
proper attire to be worn at all 
meals, Miss Minnie kept a rack 
just outside the dining room, 
always keeping a spare coat or tie 
hanging there for any student 
who was in a rush and had failed 
to appear properly dressed. "Out 
of respect to Miss Lacy, one 
always used his best manners at 
the table and was reasonably 
quiet and tried to be prompt." 
One alumnus recalled. .."and of 
course we always had grace at 
meals. It was a mark of distinc- 
tion when the day finally came 
when one was asked to say grace. 
In short, eating at the Lacy 
House 1919-1923, was like 
eating at home and thought of as 
a privilege rather than something 
one paid for." 

Many alumni have recalled 
that some of the most pleasant 
and entertaining evenings spent, 
were ones on the front porch of 
the Lacy House, talking among 
friends or just watching people 
pass by. As a place that is looked 
back on as promoting friendship 
and fellowship, the Lacy House 
is remembered by many alumni, 
as being an important part of 
their education. 

After Miss Minnie's death, 
continued on p. 19 



New Board Members, 
1975-1976 



Fifteen persons have been 
elected to Hampden-Sydney 's 
Board of Trustees during the 
College's bicentennial year. S. 
Douglas Fleet, board chairman, 
has announced the members for 
the Board's classes of 1980 and 
1981, and also an addition to the 
class of 1978. 

E. T. Maben of Richmond 
has been appointed to the group 
as a member of the class of 1978. 
A retired commercial supervisor 
for C&P Telephone Company, 
Mr. Maben graduated from the 
College in 1927 and has since 
served it in many different 
capacities. Besides serving in 
various administrative positions 
with the Richmond Alumni 
Chapter and Alumni Fund, Mr. 
Maben works closely in the 
annual Hampden-Sydney Tele- 
thon and is noted for increasing 
volunteer and alumni support. 

Those elected to five-year 
terms with the class of 1980 who 
assumed their duties as Trustees 
in October, 1975, are 
Presbyterian minister Dr. William 
A. Benfield, Jr. of Charleston, 
West Virginia; WilUam M. 
Passano, Jr., President of Waverly 
Press, Inc. of Baltimore; 
Richmond physician Dr. Richard 
A. Michaux; Dr. Charles Geyer, 
Jr. of Berwyn, Pennsylvania; 
Lewis G. Chewning, a retired 
corporate executive from 
Richmond; Philip Morris Vice- 
President Benjamin A. Soyars of 
Richmond; and Donald A. 
ToUefson, an accountant with 
Arthur Anderson & Co. of 
Washington, D.C. 

Those board members 
elected to the class of 1981 are 



Richmond realtor J. Bruce 
James; William F. Spotswood 
from Irvington, Va.; Tidewater 
Construction Corporation Presi- 
dent Sherwood E. Liles, Jr., of 
Norfolk; Mrs. Leila McBratney, 
Jr., of Lynchburg; Roanoke's 
George B. Cartledge; W. Cecil 
Carpenter of Virginia Beach; and 
Henry C. Spalding, a corporate 
executive from Richmond. 

Dr. Benfield, a native of 
Greenville, West Virginia, earned 
his A.B. degree from Davidson 
College, his B.D. and Th.M. 
degrees from Louisville 
Presbyterian Theological Semi- 
nary, and his Th.D. from South- 
ern Baptist Theological 
Seminary. He was ordained to 
the ministry of the Presbyterian 
Church US in 1939 and is 
presently senior minister of The 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Charleston. 

Past Chairman of the Board 
of Trustees of Davis and Elkins 
College, Dr. Benfield has also 
served as a trustee for Louisville 
Presbyterian Theological Semi- 
nary, Austin Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary, South- 
western College, and Centre 
College. 

A 1952 Graduate of 
Hampden-Sydney, William 
Passano is active in many civic 
and social organizations in the 
Baltimore area. He is President 
and Chief Executive Officer of 
Waverly Press, Inc. He has also 
served as a member of the 
Graphic Arts Technical Founda- 
tion Board of Directors, Director 
of Baltimore's Red Cross 
Chapter, First National Bank of 



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Maryland Director, and a 
member of the President's 
Conference Committee of Print- 
ing Industries of America. 

Dr. Michaux, a Richmond 
Physician, returns to the Board 
following a one-year absence. A 
native of Powhatan County, 
Michaux graduated from 
Hampden-Sydney in 1933 with a 
pre-medical degree. In 1937 he 
graduated from the Medical 
College of Virginia. He has served 
as President of the MCV Alumni 
Association, The Richmond 
Academy of Medicine, 
Richmond Surgical and Gyneco- 
logical Society, a former member 
of the MCV Board of Visitors, 
and as Director of the Virginia 
Trust Company. 

First elected to the Board in 
1969, Dr. Geyer returns with the 
class of 1980 to a five-year term. 

A native of Richmond, Dr. 
Geyer graduated with a B.S. 
degree from Hampden-Sydney in 
1937 and then attended the 
University of Virginia, earning 
his Ph.D. in 1941. He is now 
retired from the American 
Viscose Corporation at 
Philadelphia. There he served as a 
manufacturing executive since 
1941. In the past he has also 
been affiliated as a trustee of 
Textile Research Institute and on 
the board of directors at Tyrex, 
Inc. 

Chewning, a native of 
Spotsylvania County in Virginia, 
is a graduate of Hargrave Military 
Academy and a former student 
both at Hampden-Sydney and 
the University of Richmond. He 
is retired president of Virginia 
Folding Box Company, a division 
of West Virginia Pulp and Paper 
Company. 

Chewning has also served as 
a member of the Board of 
Directors for the Richmond 
Corporation, the Life Insurance 
Company of Virginia, the 

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Virginia Trust Company, and the 
Richmond Foundation. His 
continuous service to Hampden- 
Sydney has been in the various 
capacities of Trustee, Trustee 
Chairman from 1958-68 and 
member and chairman of the 
Finance Committee for the 
Board of Trustees. 

Incessantly active in civic 
and social affairs, Chewning has 
remained faithful not only to 
Hampden-Sydney, but has 
devoted time to new loyalties 
such as Union Theological Semi- 
nary, Richmond Chamber of 
Commerce, Richmond City 
Planning Commissions, and 
various social organizations. He 
has also served on the Board of 
Trustees for Richmond Memorial 
Hospital and the Virginia 
Foundation of Independent 
Colleges. 

Mr. Soyars, a Richmond 
native, is Vice-President of Philip 
Morris, Inc. He, also, is a 
graduate of Hampden-Sydney 
College. A 1940 alumnus, Soyars 
earned his Bachelor of Science 
degree and then served in the 
U.S. Army as a Captain from 
1942-45. He is a member of the 
Virginia State Chamber of 
Commerce and a Director of the 
Bank of Virginia - Central. 

Mr. Tollefson, a native of 
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, spent 
his school years in Detroit, 
including his university studies at 
Wayne State. He is a 1956 
graduate of Wayne State with a 
B.S. degree in Business Adminis- 
tration. He is presently employed 
by Arthur Anderson & Co., an 
international public accounting 
firm, as a managing partner of 
the firm's Washington, D.C. 
office. 

He is a member of the 
American Institute of Certified 
Public Accountants, the District 
of Columbia Society of Certified 
Public Accountants, the 



American Accounting Associa- 
tion, and other professional 
organizations. 

Active in civic and commu- 
nity affairs, Tollefson is 
currently chairman of the 
Finance and Administrative 
Committee of Washington's 
United Way Organization. 

Mr. James, a 1953 graduate 
of Hampden-Sydney, was first 
elected to the Board of Trustees 
in October of 1970. 

Having served in many civic, 
professional, and religious organi- 
zations, James brings years of 
experience in administrative 
matters to the Board. He has 
been active as Director of the 
Richmond Board of Realtors, a 
member of the Republican City 
Committee, and the YMCA 
Camp Weyanoke Board. 

A native of Norfolk, Mr. 
Spotswood graduated from 
Hampden-Sydney in 1934. 
Spotswood held various manage- 
ment positions during his 35 year 
career with DuPont Company. 
At the time of his retirement in 
1969 he was Personnel Superin- 
tendent. 

Following his retirement 
from DuPont, he served as 
Director of Personnel for the 
State of Delaware. During this 
period, he was a member of the 
Governor's Cabinet. 

Mr. Spotswood has a long 
and continued service in the 
Episcopal Church, as a member 
and President of the Board of 
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, a 
member of Baltimore's Society 
of Colonial Wars, and various 
social clubs. 

Mr. Liles, a native of 
McColl, South Carolina, was 
graduated from Clemson College 
(now Clemson University) in 
1927 with a B.S. degree in Civil 
Engineering. He was elected Vice 
President of Tidewater Construc- 
continued on d. 14 



Richmond Welcomes Hampden-Sydney - Again 



On February 1, 1976, 
Hampden-Sydney College 
returned to Main Street in 
Richmond after an absence of 
almost a century and a half. The 
last time the College was a part 
of the Richmond scene was in 
1838 when the Medical College 
of Virginia, under the auspices of 
Hampden-Sydney College, 
opened its doors to 46 students. 
Located at 19th and Main 
Streets, MCV remained associ- 
ated with Hampden-Sydney 
College untU 1854. 

The recent return of the 
College to Main Street was 
greeted enthusiastically by 
Richmond area trustees, who 
met in the First and Merchants 
building to assist director Louis 
Briel in officially opening the 
Richmond office. 

Briel, a four-year veteran in 
fund raising at Hampden-Sydney, 
pointed out several advantages of 
the regional office in bringing the 
College closer to its largest 
constituency center. "Fully one- 
-fifth of Hampden-Sydney 's 
5,000 alumni, almost one-fifth of 



our students, and one-third of 
our trustees are in Richmond," 
said Briel. "What this has meant 
for the areas of fund raising, 
admissions, and career planning 
is that someone from Hampden- 
Sydney is in Richmond nearly 
every day of the week. What this 
means in monetary terms is 
obvious." 

"We felt," continued Briel, 
"that it was important to place a 
full-time staff person in 
Richmond to establish a regular 
cultivation and contact program 
for donors and to coordinate the 
time and input of our 12 area 
trustees." 

The timing for the move 
was auspicious, too, since the 
College celebrates its bicenten- 
nial with the nation this year. 
From the new Regional Office, 
Hampden-Sydney is more direct- 
ly accessible to local news media 
for Bicentennial coverage. 

"I will still be primarily 
involved in capital and annual 
fund raising," Briel explained, 
"but the services I can render the 
College in the areas of public and 





media relations, admissions, and 
career planning should be advan- 
tageous to those departments." 

In the area of public rela- 
tions Briel's duties are threefold: 
to assist in the promotion of 
Hampden-Sydney's bicentennial 
celebration; to help coordinate 
special events and establish a 
Community Relations Program 
which would provide speakers 
from the College for local civic 
organizations; and, to make more 
personal press contacts for major 
news releases about the College. 

The admissions department 
will also benefit from the new 
office. The Richmond location 
will serve as an information 
contact for potential student 
applicants from both the 
Richmond area and visitors un- 
able to travel the 70 additional 
miles to visit the campus. 

The new office will also 
provide Dr. Royster Hedgepeth, 
Director of the Counseling and 
Career Planning Center on the 
campus, a centralized locale for 
the coordination of his 
Richmond meetings. 

Since the main idea in 
establishing the Richmond office 
was to save money and at the 



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same time expand the College's 
fund raising potential, it was 
fortunate that the move to 
Richmond cost little. A suite of 
offices in the downtown finan- 
cial district was made available 
for $1.00 a year through the 
generous cooperation of an 
alumnus who works for one of 
the Richmond Banks. The office 
was furnished without cost 
through the efforts of another 
alumnus who owns an office 
supply company. 

Briel feels that the 
Richmond Office will allow the 
College to explore new ways to 
use creatively the resources it 
has. By coordinating the efforts 
of several departments and elimi- 
nating wasted time and energy of 
personnel, it will be possible to 
maximize college resources - 
both monetary and human. 



Medical College of Virginia's first location on Main Street in Richmond. 



Trustees cont. 

tion Corporation in 1937, and, 
following active service in World 
War II, became Executive Vice 
President. In May of 1958, Mr. 
Liles was elected President of the 
company. 

Long active in civic affairs 
in Virginia and especially in the 
Norfolk area, Liles is a member 
of the Board of Directors of 
United Communities, a Trustee 
and former Chairman for the 
Virginia Foundation for Indepen- 
dent Colleges, a member of the 
Board of Directors for the 
General Hospital of Virginia 
Beach, and Director of the U.S. 
Industrial Council. 

Mrs. McBratney was edu- 
cated in the Lynchburg Public 
School system and at the Mary 
Lyon School in Swarthmore, 
Pennsylvania. She is an active 
member in the Junior League 
and on the Auxiliary Board of 
the Williams Home. 

Other volunteer work to 
which Mrs. McBratney offers her 
time includes the "Meals on 
Wheels" program, the Mental 

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Health Social Club, the United 
Way, and the American Cancer 
Society. She is married to 
William Edgar McBratney, Vice 
President of Scott Insurance. 

A Hampden-Sydney 
alumnus, Mr. Cartledge is 
President of Grand Piano & 
Furniture Company in Roanoke. 
He has served on the Board of 
the Better Business Bureau, 
Roanoke's Chamber of 
Commerce, the Southern Retail 
Furniture Association and the 
Roanoke Merchants Association. 

After extended naval service 
in the Second World War, Mr. 
Carpenter returned to the Tide- 
water area where he has been 
active in local civic affairs. A 
1942 alumnus of Hampden- 
Sydney, Carpenter has been a 
member of the Rotary Club, the 
Board of Directors at Cape 
Henry Collegiate School, the 
Advisory Board for Virginia 
Beach's First National Bank, and 
the Board of Directors for the 
Princess Anne Country Club. 

Mr. Henry Spalding was 
educated at the St. Christopher's 



School in Richmond He is a 
magna cum laude graduate of 
Hampden-Sydney in 1960. Since 
1966 he has been associated in 
different capacities with Scott & 
StringfeDow, Inc., and is now 
Executive Vice President of that 
firm. 

A former president of the 
Hampden-Sydney Alumni 
Association, Spalding was a 
member of Phi Beta Kappa, Pi 
Delta Epsilon, Eta Sigma Phi, 
and Omicron Delta Kappa — all 
national honorary fraternities — 
while at Hampden-Sydney. 

Spalding has served as a 
member of the Board of 
Governors of the Commonwealth 
Club, the American Philatelic 
Society, and the Richmond 
Stamp Club. 

By choosing its members 
from such varied geographic, 
occupational, and educational 
backgrounds, the College has 
attempted to broaden its areas of 
expertise and strengthen the 
Board of Trustees as a working 
body. 



The Excitement of Washington Can't Compete With the 
Charms of Hampden-Sydney 



by Mark Burris 

In the first place, I dislike 
driving in Washington. The direc- 
tions David Paxton gave me were 
very good; he included all the 
places I should turn ... but did 
not indicate in which direction. 
So when I approached 
Pennsylvania Avenue as speci- 
fied, I turned right. I should have 
turned left. 

David Paxton and I entered 
the College as freshmen in the 
Fall of 1972. He, being a Baker 
Scholar from Roanoke, was a 
leader from the beginning. Active 
in campus politics, a starting 
defensive back on the football 
team, David was always involved 
in everything. He maintained a 
column in the Tiger and a weekly 
radio interview program on 
WWHS-FM. With all of this 
activity, however, he still was a 
regular member of the bi-annual 
Dean's List. His most notable 
honors were Omicron Delta 
Kappa and Who's Who Among 
Students. 

I finally arrived at the 
designated spot for my meeting 
with David. I parked the car and 
waited on the corner. It was 
exactly 11:30 a.m., the time he 
told me to be there. But Dave 
wasn't there. 

My good friend was in 
Washington for the Washington 
Semester Program at American 
University. A couple of students 
go up there from Hampden- 
Sydnej' each spring to study 
either economics or government 
and political science because the 
program offers more in the way 
of practical experience than 
Hampden-Sydney can. David, for 
instance, takes his classes in 
political science each morning, 



then works on Capitol Hill for a 
correspondence unit several 
afternoons a week. 

Hampden-Sydney is one of 
almost 100 colleges in the U.S. 
participating in the Washington 
Semester Program. Designed to 
afford the well-qualified student 
a chance to see and study 
government in action, the pro- 
gram not only offers academic 
courses of study in the School of 
Government and Public Affairs, 
but also through its seminar 
structure brings students directly 
in contact with public officials, 
political figures and active lobby- 
ists. 

This particular morning 
Paxton 's class met on location 
somewhere in Georgetown, 
where I was to meet him. After 
impatiently pacing up and down 
the street for an hour, I saw Dave 
appear on the opposite corner. 
Immediately upon joining me, he 
began asking about Hampden- 
Sydney. 

It seemed from all of his 
questions that Dave had been 
locked up in a solitary confine- 
ment cell for the last two months 
rather than spending that time in 
the diplomatic center of the 
entire world. 

We moved toward a nearby 
restaurant, "famous for its sand- 
wiches," Dave offered, while I 
continued to bring him up to 
date on what was happening 
back at H-SC. The beer came 
first, and then the sandwiches - 
Washington sure was a lot 
different from TIGER INN - and 
I finally was able to shift the 
conversation. 

The inquisitive tone David 
had had then changed to one of 
disappointment. "Spending my 
last undergraduate semester with 



strangers in a strange place is not 
the same thing I would prescribe 
for myself today," he explained. 
Applied pressure brought out the 
obvious: "I wish I were back, 
and it's not just because I'm 
homesick." 

I must admit that I was at 
first surprised with his disen- 
chantment. David admitted that 
his extracurricular activities at 
Hampden-Sydney had worn him 
out. His entire campus life, he 
admitted, had become too 
hectic; he needed the kind of rest 
American University could 
afford. 

As Student Government 
President for the 1974-75 
academic year, David stayed 
continuously busy. Between 
football practice, a full course 
load, campus politics, and presi- 
dential diplomacy, Dave 
confessed that he found little 
time for anything else. "It was a 
constant mental and physical 
strain. I wanted to come to 
Washington not only for what 
American had to offer but also 
to get away from the pressures at 




15 



Hampden-Sydney. I underesti- 
mated the powers of Hampden- 
Sydney. I really miss the place." 

"The idea of being in 
Washington near all the politics 
as well as what the city offers 
culturally stimulated me to come 
here," Dave continued. "The 
chance to work on Capitol Hill, 
to see and hear political science 
in use - the program seemed too 
good to be true. 

"And, perhaps, it is. All of 
the students here are supposed to 
be high caliber, upper level, 
honors students, and I don't 
doubt that they are. But the 
curriculum is not stimulating, the 
work is not demanding. I have 
too much free time and nothing 
to fill it with. 

"I like being near the 
Kennedy Center, the theatres, 
and the cinema, and I enjoy my 
job on the Hill, but I've been 
very disappointed in the courses 
I'm taking. Hampden-Sydney 
was much more demanding and 
challenging academically." 

I drove him back to the 
large campus, went up into his 
fifth floor room in the modern 
dormitory, and realized that I 
felt much the same way. It really 
was as he said: "Maybe the life 
there is slow. Maybe the dorms 
are dilapidated and the students 
are apathetic. Maybe there is 
little cultural enhancement 
readily available. So what? 
Hampden-Sydney has become 
home for me, and being away 
from it is depressing. Hampden- 
Sydney is more than just a 
college. For me it was a total 
way of life, and I guess I had to 
come here to realize it." 




Farrell continued. 

Greenwich Villages and 
Woodstocks. Although his life 
has been governed by what is 
seemingly a loosely planned 
structure, he has continually 
drunk from the cups of knowl- 
edge in order that he might 
achieve one end: more knowl- 
edge. He has neither shunned nor 
neglected any opportunity to 
learn something; from automo- 
biles to Ovid, from guns to 
Goethe, he is proficient. 

From his mother's choice of 
a "very good New England prep 
school," he moved into Trinity 
College in Hartford, Connecticut, 
as a sophomore. The next year 
was spent in France studying and 
travelling. After only his third 
year in college, and only two 
actually in Hartford, he gradu- 
ated Phi Beta Kappa. Farrell 
admits that college for him was 
making stovepipes and reading 



Greek, doing exactly what he 
enjoyed doing. The courses he 
didn't like, he didn't do well in. 
For that reason, Farrell can 
sympathize v«th students who 
don't have perfect academic 
records. 

He welcomes knowledge 
and he accepts the gusto of life 
wdth an uncanny verve. The 
notices on his door read like a 
narrative from a fictitious Tales 
of the Great War. The "point- 
less" notices to come to this 
parachute jump or that Swedish 
movie abound with the enthusi- 
asm of a man who admits he is 
still searching for something in 
this world. His life story, if 
written down, would read like a 
Hemingway novel. It is a life that 
cannot be conceived of in simple 
terms, nor can any writer do fuU 
justice to the man in formal 
English prose. 



16 



The Fastest Game on Foot Picks Up Speed at H-SC 



by Mike Harrison 
Amidst an astrological 
shower of small white spheres in 
the sky and a field full of 
overgrown crustacian creatures 
banging each other's bodies with 
sticks, one figure stands out 
radiating an aura of knowledge, 
direction, and confidence. 
Hampden-Sydney's newest 
coach, Howard "Howdy" Myers, 
has brought his method to the 
annual madness of the college's 
youngest sport. He has taken the 
bevy of young men that once 
spent lazy springtime afternoons 
in front of their dorms hurling 
that little ball and has trans- 
planted them into an organized 
unit. Coach Myers is set to build 
a dynamic lacrosse program at 
Hampden-Sydney . 

The college's newest coach 
is by no means its youngest, nor 
is he lacking in experience. The 
man that Athletic Director 
Stokeley Fulton jokingly calls a 
"yankee" because of the many 
years Myers has spent coaching 
in the north, actually graduated 
from the University of Virginia 
in 1933. Myers then turned to 
high school coaching. In thirteen 
years his football, basketball, and 
lacrosse teams compiled a 
phenomenal record of 476 wins, 
160 losses, and 3 ties. In his last 
year at St. Paul's School his boys 
won state championships in all 
three sports (but this was 
nothing new for his lacrosse 
team, which had captured the 
title the six previous years!). 

Myers' success in the high 
school ranks brought him a 
promotion to the collegiate level. 
While his transition from St. 
Paul's to Johns Hopkins was not 
a small one in terms of mileage 
(both are in Baltimore), it was a 



major step in the young coach's 
career. In three and one half 
years at Hopkins, Myers served as 
head coach of football, basket- 
ball, and lacrosse, producing 
records of 21-10-1, 50-46, and 
25-2-0 in each sport respectively. 
His Blue Jays won three National 
Lacrosse Championships. 

Obviously Howard Myers 
was nearing the peak of his 
careei^certainly one of the lon- 
gest peaks in history— and he 
faced a crucial decision. As he 
put it: "I had received several 
offers to coach at big-time 
schools, but in each case it meant 
coaching either football or la- 
crosse, but never both. I don't 
know which I like best.... I need 
the variety: football in the fall, 
lacrosse in the spring." So Myers 
chose a school where he could 
coach both, and in 1950 he set 
out for Long Island where he 
would coach football and la- 
crosse at Hofstra for twenty-five 
years. 

Eventually he became Ath- 
letic Director at Hofstra, but as 
Myers says, "I didn't particularly 
want the job, but no one else did 
either, and it meant a little extra 
money." 



SSE 




Coach Howdy Mvers 



It also meant that Hofstra's 
athletics would be maintained in 
a manner that would contrast 
with even the smallest school's 
programs today. "I thought then, 
and I still think today, that a 
man should go out for several 
sports, or at least he should have 
the chance to do so. This bit 
about making a team practice all 
year long, even in the off-season, 
is ridiculous. Our week of spring 
football practice (when we voted 
to have one) came during the last 
weeks of the school year, long 
after the spring sports were 
over." 

Myers' insistence on pre- 
serving the precarious gap 
between collegiate and profes- 
sional athletics so often violated 
today was an integral part of his 
"system" of recruiting, and, in a 
broader sense, his philosophy of 
winning. "Unless there is an 
exceptional case, I only contact 
boys who live within two or 
three hours of the school. It 
makes for a happier team . All the 
boys, especially the freshmen, 
get a httle homesick. They need 
to be able to get home for a 
weekend, if, for nothing else, just 
to know that somebody still 
thinks they're all right." 

The real test of a coach as 
far as Myers is concerned is in 
building character among the 
men he coaches. "Discipline and 
respect, especially self respect, 
are the keys. It's only when the 
kids learn these things that they 
become a unified, happy bunch." 
Myers tells the story of a 
particularly close football team 
that he coached at Hofstra about 
fifteen years ago: "It's amazing.. 
..they did everything together. 
They still come back each year 
for homecoming at Hofstra, and 

17 



they have a devil of a time. Out 
of the squad of 35, no fewer 
than 28 have returned in any 

year." 

If winning made his boys 
even happier, then Coach Myers' 
men must have been in a state of 
near ecstasy. His 25 football 
teams achieved a mark of 
141-98-4, topped only by his 
stickmen, who notched a 
216-134-4 record. 

Understanding that 
Hampden-Sydney is not the 
lacrosse mecca of the world, we 
ask what's a nice coach like 
Howdy doing at a place like this? 
Perhaps Coach Fulton put the 
answer into the best perspective. 
"We heard that Coach Myers was 
looking for a small men's college 
in Virginia where he could coach 
both football and lacrosse." 

But lacrosse was anything 
but an established sport at 
Hampden-Sydney. The program 
got off the ground in 1974 after 
two years of campaigning by 
interested students. Louis 
Wacker, an assistant football 
coach, volunteered for the posi- 
tion of "coach," and, along with 
the assistance of the more 
experienced players, guided the 
Tigers to their first season. The 



miracle of the 1974 team was 
not that they won a game (the 
only victory came against 
Virginia Episcopal School), or 
even that they scored a goal; the 
miracle was that Wacker's boys 
had a season at all. That such a 
group of novices working with 
only enthusiasm could overcome 
problems with scheduling, equip- 
ment, and finding a field and a 
pair of goals (a player's father 
built them), meant that 
Hampden-Sydney lacrosse was 
sure to survive. 

The enthusiasm radiating 
between players and coach was 
unusually high, even before 
Myers stepped foot into the 
state. "This is like having John 
Wooden come here," commented 
one of the players when he heard 
the news of Myers' acceptance. 
The players expected an immedi- 
ate winner. And Myers, on his 
part, was not too bashful in 
predicting the team would win 
every match on the schedule. 

The handsome white-haired 
man leans on his lacrosse stick 
and, along with his forty -three 
pupils, he watches intently the 
action in front of him. At the 
appropriate moment he speaks: 
'Move with him. ...Move with 




him....Aw, you let him get by 
you. Do it again. Now this time 
remember, keep shading him to 
the outside so he can't get 
around you. Try it again. That's 
it.. .good, good work! Remember 
fellows: keep the middle of your 
chest centered on his outside 
shoulder. Course with Wally here 
that might drive you out fifty 
yards." (Wally has a very large 

chest). 

A typical example of the 
easy-going humor Myers filters 
into his instruction. This instruc- 
tion has not come easily for any 
of the players because, while 
Myers puts forth his ideas in a 
rather charming way, they are in 
many cases atypical of the 
various techniques that his men 
have learned beforehand. Mark 
Johnson, a sophomore from 
Virginia Beach who has had more 
experience than most of his 
teammates, feels that "it was like 
learning the game all over again. 
But he's a really good teacher." 
This is quite an understate- 
ment, actually, for a man who 
has doubled the participation in 
his program, in one year. Half of 
Howdy's young men have never 
played in a lacrosse game before, 
and most of the other half— the 
"experienced" half— hail from 
Virginia high schools, where the 
caliber of play is admittedly low 
in comparison to Maryland and 
Long Island high schools. To 
build a winner Myers had to be a 
good teacher. 

Myers seems to possess a 
knack for making his students 
want to understand the points he 
makes. He is perfectly at ease on 
the field, standing out as the^ 
authority, but he is by no means 
unapproachable. "He knows his 
stuff," said one of the players 
(that is, incidentally, perhaps the 
highest accolade that a student 
can bestow upon a superior), 
"and he enjoys explaining it. He 
doesn't make anyone feel dumb 
for not knowing something. He's 
got amazing patience in that 
respect." 



18 



Hampden House cont. 



Hampden House served as a 
home for faculty with some 
students apartments on the 
second floor. From 1968 until 
1975, the academic dean, Dr. 
Frank J. Simes and his family 
lived in Hampden House. 
Throughout their residency, the 
Simes worked greatly toward the 
restoration and beautification of 
the House, both interior and 
exterior. Mrs. Simes planted a 
tree on the Hampden House lawn 
for every child born in Hampden- 
Sydney during their years in the 
house, which not only leaves a 
lasting reminiscence but adds to 
the beauty of the landscape. As 
in years prior, Hampden House 
was warmly thought of while it 
was the residence of the Simes. 
They supplied a beautiful and 
gracious home for visiting digni- 
taries, and a center of entertain- 
ing in one of Hampden-Sydney's 
oldest and most treasured 
landmarks. 

Now Hampden House 
prepares to enter a new era as it 
becomes the College's Alumni/ 
Faculty house. This is a greatly 
needed and completely new 
concept for Hampden-Sydney 




College. In a variety of uses, 
from a place for group discus- 
sions, formal gatherings or just a 
quiet retreat, Hampden House 
will be open for the alumni, 
faculty and staff. With guest 
bedrooms located upstairs, 
Hampden House will also house 
visiting dignataries. Furnishings 
in the house provided by the 
Special Giving Fund, are in the 
same traditional style as the 
house, adding to the overall 
beauty and elegance. 



Anne Baldwin, Farmuille 
resident and daughter of Trustee T. 
Kyle Baldwin, spent a month in 
Hampden-Sydney's Office of College 
Affairs as part of her short term work 
at Hollins College. 

The article which appears here 
was one of her major projects; others 
included researching foundations, 
associations, and individuals who are 
past or potential contributors to the 
College. She also interviewed student 
leaders to determine ways to involve 
them and their organizations 
effectively in OCA activities. 

Miss Baldwin approached her 
work with an enthusiasm and 
seriousness of purpose which favorably 
impressed everyone who worked with 
her. 




Myers does not have 
patience, however, when he sus- 
pects a lack of mental concentra- 
tion. "He doesn't quarrel with a 
physical error too much," said 
senior Tom Berkeley, "but with 
mental errors... watch out. That's 
the way it should be." 

Myers is firmly convinced 
that building character is the 
main factor in a successful 
athletic program. "I try to teach 
the boys discipline. This ranges 
from knowing when not to take 
a shot in a game to knowing 
when to say 'no' to a beer at a 
party." 

This last item falls under 
the behavior code that the team 
agreed upon. The whole idea fits 
into a neat philosophy, which 
goes something like this: self- 
respect breeds self -discipline, and 



self-discipline breeds respect 
among all the men on the team. 
This, in turn, builds a strong 
unified bunch with the proper 
attitude. 

This, more than a winning 
season, is what Howdy Myers is 
here for. Without question, 
Hampden-Sydney's newest coach 
was of great assistance during the 
football season, and those closely 
associated with the lacrosse team 
feel confident that he can turn 
that program around. That 
Myers' stickmen will be com- 
peting in the new South Atlantic 
Lacrosse League next year with 
teams like Washington and Lee, 
North Carolina, and Roanoke 
would indicate this. 

Yet, Coach Myers is seeking 
something of more lasting value 
to Hampden-Sydney. It involves 



redirecting the attitude so preva- 
lant among the majority of 
today's collegians. Myers is very 
aware of the problem and its 
symptoms: "The boys are very 
image conscious. They don't 
want to appear overly enthusias- 
tic about anything." He paused 
and continued, "but I think if 
you can get a nucleus of men 
committed to an objective, it can 
affect the attitude and tempera- 
ment of the whole school. When 
all of the fellows really get 
behind the team there's a 
tremendous surge of responsibil- 
ity. 

I've seen it happen at 
Hopkins and Hofstra, and it's a 
great thing," he concluded. The 
same trend could, and hopefully 
will, take hold at Hampden- 
Sydney. 

19 



Different cars and people; 
same old Tradition 




Still active among 
Hampden-Sydney's traditions is 
the twenty-four hour a day 
Get-a-Ride system, which 
successfully operates without 
scheduled rides and fares. 

Here's how it works: Any- 
one needing a ride to practically 
anywhere, especially the Farm- 
ville Metropolitan area, merely 
stands in front of the College 
Church and patiently waits for 
someone to stop and offer a ride. 
A return trip requires the same 
posture, but the location is then 
on Highway No. 15, near Curry 
Dormitory on the Longwood 
Campus. Average time of travel, 
including the hitchhiker's waiting 
period, is approximately twenty 
minutes. 

jAlthough it remains a rela- 
tively simple task for anyone to 
obtain a ride, it's remarkably 
easier for some hitchhikers than 
for others— the ladies are, 
obviously, more successful than 
the men. The reasoning behind 
this fact is still the subject of 
open speculation, but support 
for Equal Rights legislation has 
been ruled out as a possibihty. 




^'"■...;.'oS. 






20 



A Dying Breed? 



Are the liberal arts dead? In this age of specialized 
training, unemployment, underemployment, financial 
insecurity in private colleges and universities, major 
cutbacks in public institutions, and serious arguments 
against the liberal arts, can colleges like Hampden- 
Sydney survive? 

Morton Sacks, the eminent Boston painter and 
former artist-in -residence at Hampden-Sydney, 
delivered an address recently to the Hampden-Sydney 
Club in Richmond on these questions. He titled his 
remarks "How to Go to College and Still Get an 
Education." 

Sacks explained to the group that their college 
was one of a dying breed of institutions still devoted to 
teaching the liberal arts. He admitted that before being 
introduced to Hampden-Sydney, he had doubted that 
a true liberal arts institution could exist, much less 
thrive for 200 years. Mr. Sacks cited the constant 
crying out for "practical" vocational training in our 
nation's colleges as a perversion of the real education 
process. "Humans need a challenge," Sacks professed. 
"No one is forever ready to be given everything." 

The artist predicted that there would soon be a 
trend back toward colleges like Hampden-Sydney for 



this reason. "The argument for vocational, practical 
training in education is one for being constantly 
spoon-fed; it is definitely a non-liberal arts training. 
The only really basic education is the liberal arts." 

"There is a tremendous need for the imagination 
today," said Sacks. "We must recognize our full 
humanity— and this absolutely must include people not 
like us.... people whose wishes and ideals are both the 
same and different from ours." 

The ultimate solution. Sacks explained, is in the 
extension of ourselves into the entire past of man. Art 
is the primary impulse in this process. "The goal of the 
liberal education is to teach the young person how to 
exist in the world, in a world without shape or form. 
The arts allow man to give shape, order, and form to 
his experience. 

According to Sacks, we are failing in the 
education processes. "We are teaching our young 
people how to go to work, make a few dollars, and 
then come home to spend those dollars. We are not 
showing them how to be active members of society. 
They have no way of coping with life. They approach 
it and cannot come to terms with it." 

continued bottom pg. 22 



Philip Ropp Scholarship Established 



The success of Hampden- 
Sydney's literary magazine has 
resulted in a challenge gift 
providing financial aid to an 
incoming freshman with writing 
ability. 

According to Editor Marty 
Sherrod a $100 challenge gift 
from The Garnet has been 
matched several times, with the 
money being available for the 
first time to a member of the 
class of 1980. 

The GarneVs portion of the 
gift was made possible when the 
magazine won first place in a 
national contest for literary 
magazines sponsored by honor- 
ary journalism fraternity Pi Delta 
Epsilon, the prize being $100. 



The H-S chapter of Pi Delta 
Epsilon turned over the prize 
money to The Garnet for use as a 
gift. 

The challenge has been 
matched by The Tiger, B. Louis 
Briel, a Petersburg alumni, and 
Bill Bridges, class of 1950, of 
Colonial Heights who pledged 
the gift annually. 

"We are grateful for the 
contributions to the challenge 
fund," said Sherrod, "particu- 
larly the pledges which will make 
the gift continuous." 

The scholarship will be 
named for Philip H. Ropp, 
former Hampden-Sydney student 
and professor who was once on 
the literary magazine staff. Ropp 



died in December 1968. 

The Admissions Office will 
select several potential candi- 
dates for the scholarship and the 
Board of Publications will choose 
from this group. The winner will 
be announced in late Spring. 

"Our main objective was to 
induce a freshman talented in 
either publications or communi- 
cations to come to the College," 
said Sherrod. "Also, we wanted 
to demonstrate our own concern, 
and perhaps, the pervasive con- 
cern of all student organizations, 
that students can and do take an 
active interest in both the 
recruiting and admission of 
talented individuals." 

21 



Alumnus Contributes to 



by Royster Lyle, Jr., 1956 



Historic Preservation 



A headline in Virginia's 
Commonwealth magazine last 
year exclaimed that there is a 
"Renaissance in Peerless 
Lexington." The editor of the 
State Chamber of Commerce 
magazine said the "Lexington is 
undergoing a dramatic transform- 
ation these days, thanks to a 
remarkable program of coopera- 
tive effort launched by business- 
men, government, and private 
organizations." 

"And," the article 
continued, "it's beginning to pay 
off in real money as well as in 
heightened civic pride and aware- 
ness of the area's extraordinary 
heritage." 

The key reason Lexington is 
a front-runner in the state's 
preservation efforts is because of 
individuals such as G. Otis Mead, 
III, '56, who believe enough in 
the future of "Historic 
Lexington" to make a substantial 



investment themselves in the 
town's historic area. This past 
year, Otis moved his fast-grovdng 
real estate business into one of 
the Valley's most historic build- 
ings - the Jacob M. Ruff House - 
built about 1829. The Ruff 
house, 21 North Main Street, an 
excellent example of a Valley 
Federal townhouse, was built by 
an early county German family, 
which managed a prosperous hat 
manufacturing enterprise in 
Lexington in the late 18th 
century and the first half of the 
19th century. 

Mead, who grew up in a 23 
room Victorian manor house in 
Alleghany County, the former 
residence of the head of the vast 
Low Moore Iron Company, has 
always maintained a special 
interest in old houses, but never 
dreamed he would be restoring a 
key Lexington building for a real 
estate office. 



Sacks blamed the profusion of specialized courses 
in our colleges as the creator of many of the problems. 
He continued: "What we need is a limitation of the 
courses taught to the ones which really count. We're 
now teaching everything, I think, except advanced 

sandbox The college should not create artists, but it 

should be devoted to the furtherance of the arts. There 
is a genuine, almost critical need for us to be readers, 
painters, writers, and poets." 

"We have isolated each other," Sacks continued, 
"in pursuance of self-interest without really knowing 
what those interests are. The goal of the liberal 
education is to teach the young person how to exist in 
the world. Men of all ages must continue their 
education to exist in a shapeless, formless world. The 
arts give some clue to what the serious crises in our 
lives are really all about." 

The only things which can prevent us from 
becoming moral vegetables. Sacks concluded, are "the 
sustenance in religion, the arts, philosophy, and world 
literature." 



On graduating from 
Hampden-Sydney in 1956, Otis 
moved to Lexington to work 
with Earl N. Levitt, who owned a 
local men's clothing store. Later 
he joined William Kinnear Real 
Estate, a well established Lexing- 
ton firm. Expanding the firm 
into farm sales and housing 
developments. Mead later 
established Mead Associates, 
Incorporated. 

As a realtor, Otis has had a 
part in selling some of the 
community's most prominent 
historic landmarks, and in the 
course of his work has become 
more than casually interested in 
the historic preservation process. 
"I've had my eyes opened to 
what can be done with a little 
imagination, a little guts, and (I 
must admit) a little hard money. 
But," he added, "I've seen it pay 
off time and time again for a lot 
of people. I began to feel it was 
time for a profit-oriented 




22 




Before 




After 



business to make a commitment 
in this area." 

The principal catalyst in 
Otis's new office venture was 
Historic Lexington Foundation, 
an organization established to 
purchase, execute exterior 
rehabilitation, and resell build- 
ings in the center of Lexington 
which have some architectural 
and historical merit. HLF has 
little interest in the buildings' 
interiors, but encourages adap- 
tive use. It was HLF that brought 
Mead and the Ruff house 
together. 

When HLF and Otis first 
began considering the Jacob Ruff 
House, there was a barber shop 

in the basement and boarders 
inhabiting the remainder of the 
building's three floors. One HLF 



Otis Mead discusses restoration work 
on the Jacob Ruff house in Lexington 
with Miss Grace Heffelfinger of the 
Virginia Historic Landmarks 
Commission. 



official noted that it took 
"considerable imagination on the 
part of all parties to see this as 
ideal office space." But Mead 
waded in. 

There were many surprises. 
In the basement, for instance, he 
found an original "Dutch door" 
with handmade straf hinges; 
above the ceiling plaster were 
handsome chestnut hand hewn 
beams. Behind a false wall was a 
huge stone fireplace complete 
with early iron "crane." This 
attractive room now houses his 
division of farm and land sales. 

One of the first steps HLF 
took when it purchased the Ruff 
house property was to sponsor 
an archeological dig there. Many 
young people in the community 
participated and many artifacts 
were uncovered, including 
sufficient evidence of an early 
stable and several 19th century 
brick walkways. An early hand- 
made pitchfork, among other 
things, was found. 

Later, with the help of 
Lynchburg Architect J. Everette 
Fauber, Otis laid plans for the 



faithful restoration of the entire 
interior and for certain exterior 
additions. HLF researchers dug 
into county court records to 
establish dates and early owners. 
Then Mead and Fauber deter- 
mined the original housing plan, 
original paint colors, and decided 
on ways to place an office 
complex into the building with- 
out changing its basic character. 
When original items, such as 
mantles and doors, were found 
missing, HLF helped locate 
period pieces. Mead hoped to 
make the structure, neglected so 
badly for so many years, "really 
live again." 

"I feel real estate people 
need to take a more agressive 
leadership role in community 
planning," says Mead. "The 
Lexington area is very much 
involved in historic preservation; 
it is important that businessmen - 



Mr. Lyle, associate director of the 
George C. Marshall Research 
Foundation, Lexington, Virginia, is 
co-author of The Architecture of 
Historic Lexington. 



23 



Hampden-Sydney Included 
in Pratt Will 



Hampden-Sydney College is 
the recipient of a generous 
portion of the John Lee Pratt 
estate, according to College 
President W. Taylor Reveley. 

The College is to receive 
four per cent of the estate, an 
estimated $2.4 million, as a 
result of Mr. Pratt's gift. 

The College is one of several 
private liberal arts colleges 
remembered in the Pratt will. 
Also receiving similarly sized 
gifts are Hampton Institute, 
Hollins College, Randolph-Macon 
College and Sweet Briar College. 
Each of these institutions will 
receive approximately $2.4 
million of the total $60 million 
left by Mr. Pratt. 

The Pratt will made the 
restriction that "none of the 
bequests ... be used for the 
erection of buildings, acquisition 
of grounds, or the improvement 
of existing buildings and 
grounds." Should the money not 
be used as provided in the will, 
the bequests are to be delivered 
to Washington and Lee Univer- 
sity. 

Mr. Pratt suggested that the 
expedient use of the provided 
monies would be in keeping with 
his wishes, though he did not 
include such as a restriction. "It 
is my belief that the capital I 
leave can best serve the purpose I 
desire by being converted into 
knowledge that is useful and 
beneficial to mankind without 
undue delay," the wiU states. Mr. 
Pratt suggested the period to be 
"within twenty-five years." 

A native of King George 
County, Pratt was a 1905 
graduate from the University of 
Virginia. The will leaves consider- 
able amounts to U.Va., 

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W. Taylor Reveley, President of Hampden-Sydney College, 
accepts the honorary Doctor of Letters degree in ceremonies at 
the College of Charleston. From left: College of Charleston 
President Theodore S. Stern, S.C. State College Board of Trustees 
Chairman F. Mitchell Johnson, Dr. John M. Bevan, Vice-President 
for Academic Affairs, College of Charleston. 



Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, VPI, Washington and 
Lee, and also to Johns Hopkins 
in Baltimore. Additional money 
and real estate are left to 
relatives and friends. 

"We are grateful to Mr. 
Pratt for remembering us so 



generously," said Dr. Reveley. 
"His thoughtful gift will enable 
Hampden-Sydney to better its 
already excellent services. The 
$2.4 million is a fitting birthday 
gift for the Bicentennial College 
from such a long and devoted 
friend as Mr. Pratt." 



Blessed are the Meek . . 



by Mrs. Graves H. Thompson 



In the center of the town of 
Stamford, Connecticut, stands 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
better known as the "Fish 
Church" because of its architec- 
tural design. 

A Memorial Wall surrounds 
the rolling lawn upon which the 
church stands. Embedded in this 
wall are seventy-two granite 
plaques, each with an inscription 
that relates to the events and 
people that made great contribu- 
tions to the physical, religious, 
and cultural grovrth of Stamford 
from its beginnings in 1641. One 
of these plaques has the follow- 
ing inscription: 

To those unknown or 
forgotten who lived in 
quiet streets and 
worked in obscure 
places but whose spirit 
lifted the life of this 
community perhaps 
more than those who 
stood in the public 
eye. 

One might easily read these 
words and think of the small area 
we call the Hampden-Sydney 
campus. Here, too, during the 
past two centuries there have 
been people who lived on our 
quiet streets whose spirit lifted 
the place and touched countless 
lives, more so perhaps than those 
who stood in the public eye. 

Such a person of a quiet 
and gentle spirit was Betty 
Overcash. 

Some remember her as she 
first came to the campus as a 
bride, the wife of the young 
professor of Biology who was to 
make such a great impact upon 
the life of Hampden-Sydney over 
a period of forty-four years. 



Others knew her as the mother 
of two little girls and remember 
the picture of the three of them 
sitting in the balcony together in 
College Church during the 
"growing up" years. Some 
remember her as a devoted 
member of the church, carrying 
her share of the responsibilities 
in areas of service open to those 
who hear God's call. Many 
outside the bounds of the cam- 
pus remember her service in the 
work of West Hanover 
Presbyterial where she served 
faithfully for many years in 
responsible leadership roles. 
Neighbors remember her through 
all those years as a thoughtful, 
considerate, loving, and loyal 
friend. 

Countless students of biol- 
ogy knew the hospitality of the 
Overcash home. One of these, 
upon hearing of Mrs. Overcash's 
death and knowing he would not 
be able to attend her funeral 
service, drove a distance of 
several hundred miles simply to 
visit a while with the family and 
to bring what comfort he could. 

In 1922 when Professor 
Overcash brought his young 
bride to Hampden-Sydney, they 
made their home in the upstairs 
apartment at the Alamo. Later 
they moved to the old manse 
which at that time was located 
on Atkinson Avenue on the lot 
where the Musoke house now 
stands. It was while living here 
that both daughters were born, 
the younger one having the 
distinction of being one of the 
few people claiming the "old 
manse" as her birthplace. The 
older daughter had been bom in 
nearby Farmville. In 1927 the 



family moved to the brick 
residence they built on Via Sacra 
and here they lived quiet and 
useful and enriching lives among 
us. 

Many readers of this tribute 
will not have known Betty 
Overcash in her years of more 
active participation in the affairs 
of the community. But in the 
lives of many of the alumni and 
older residents of the campus 
and, more importantly, in the 
lives of those she knew and loved 
best, her influence will live on, 
and her abiding faith will contin- 
ue to give encouragement to us 
aU. 

Let us remember then dur- 
ing this Bicentennial Year when 
we recall the history of 
Hampden-Sydney, when we read 
the names of the Founding 
Fathers, the Boards of Trustees, 
the Presidents, the events and 
achievements of two hundred 
years, that all the while there 
were families living here in this 
place as a constant presence and 
as a continuing influence and 
that they, both as a unit and as 
individual members, by their 
quiet spirits lifted the life of the 
community of Hampden-Sydney 
as truly as those who stood in 
the public eye. 



. . . for they 
shall inherit the 
earth. 



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Golfers Seek Another Championship Year 



A conference champion, a 
state division champ, a second 
place NCAA team. These honors 
all go to the golf team at 
Hampden-Sydney College in 
Virginia. 

Last year's second place 
finish in the Collegiate Division 
III was H-SC's most impressive 
ever. This year four members of 
the five-man squad are returning: 
Gray Tuttle, Mike Kotolec, 
David Anthony, and Frank 
Home. 

Tuttle, an Ail-American 
choice last year, plays in the 
number one slot, a distinction he 
shared last year with another 
All- American, Charles Baskervill. 
"We feel this year is even more 
our year to prove we're the best 
team in our division. Lynchburg 
poses the only real threat among 
Virginia colleges, and on the 
university level, only Va. Tech 
looks to be a decisive favorite." 

Tuttle's hopes for the '76 
Tigers are bolstered by the arrival 
of several new golfers to the 
program. Freshmen Frank 
Pegram and Scott Worsham look 
good; and, together with junior 
Bill Howard, who saw some 
action last year, the team could 
be stronger than ever. 

"We should be more 
consistent in our team scores this 
year," Tuttle predicted. "David 
Anthony (also an All- American 
choice last year) and I are the 
better par-breaking threats, but 
long-hitter Kotolec is more than 
capable on any given day. The 
rest of the team is never too far 
above par. 

"Our biggest match this 
year is in Blacksburg with Tech 
and West Virginia. Three years 
ago we couldn't have played 
within miles of those teams. 
That's how far we've come." 

The program has come a 
long way in three years. Under 




Seated: Coach Gus Franke; left to right: Mike Kotolec, Gray Tuttle, David Amhony, 
members of the 1976 Hampden-Sydney golf team. Seated in the orange Mini Vega is 
Coach Gus Franke who donated the car to the College to use in raising money for the 
golf team. To purchase a chance (or several) on the Mini Vega, fill in the ticket below 
or send a note and a check to the Office of College Affairs, and we will fill out the 
ticket(s)foryou. The winner of the Mini Vega will be announced in the June issue of 
THE RECORD. 

Your interest and support are greatly appreciated. 




Enclosed is $ 
$1.00 apiece) for the Mini Vega, in support of the 
Hampden-Sydney golf team. 



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the direction of Coach Gus 
Franke and local professional 
Mac Main, the team has gotten 
the kind of support and guidance 
which far exceed the dollar value 
of its operating budget. Franke 
accompanies the team on its full 
slate of matches, and Main 
voluntarily assists the players 
with their more technical 
hangups. "Mac has changed my 
whole swing and grip to make me 
a more consistent player," Tuttle 
said. "His help has been 
enormously valuable since I came 
to Hampden-Sydney." 

Two NCAA tournaments, 
and a strong hope for a third in 
May in Springfield, Ohio, makes 
Tuttle acquiesce a bit on his 
former wish to go to a bigger 
school— one with a more 
expansive program. "We've done 
a lot here with very little other 
than real talent. And in most 
cases that talent has been a raw 
one, undeveloped and 
unaccustomed to tournament 
pressure. We've built a strong 
team and a more permanent 
program now, and the College's 
■ golf image has changed 
considerably," the Albemarle, 
N.C. native said. 

Yet, there has been little 
recognition for the Tigers' 
success. "We get very little 
publicity compared to other 
spring sports coverage," Tuttle 
continued. "What other major 
national contender operates on a 
$2500 annual budget? And we 
wouldn't have that vdthout the 
kindnesses of such men as 
Franke, Main, and trustee Norris 
Blake. Mr. Blake is largely 
responsible for our being able to 
practice and play at Mill Quarter 
Plantation in Powhatan. That 
type of help is inestimable to 
team morale... and success." 



Tollefson Defends Charitable 
Giving Deductions 



Hampden-Sydney College 
Trustee Donald A. Tollefson of 
Washington, D.C. recently 
addressed the House Ways and 
Means Committee on behalf of 
the Coalition for the Public 
Good. The Coalition is an 
informal association of top 
officials of 15 major national 
charitable organizations. 

Tollefson's testimony dealt 
with the damaging effects which 
a proposed 50% ceiling on the 
estate tax charitable deduction 
would cause. He cited the two 
purposes of the estate tax as 
conducive to the betterment of 
the nation. One purpose, he said, 
"is to generate revenue for the 
government. The other is to limit 
the transfer of wealth to private 
individuals in the next 
generation." 

Mr. Tollefson stated that 
such a ceiling on the deduction 
for charities "would produce a 
relatively small amount of 
additional Federal revenue. 



something on the order of 
one-hundredth of one per cent. 
But it would cost charitable 
organizations $189 million of 
funds." 

The Coalition for the Public 
Good includes top officials of 
organizations including the 
American Council on Education, 
The American Hospital 
Association, the National Health 
Council, and United Way of 
America. 

Tollefson maintained to the 
Congressional committee that 
charitable giving assured that 
substantial amounts of wealth 
would not fall into individual 
hands. He concluded, 
"Considering the problems of 
securing adequate funds for 
charitable organizations and the 
growing demands on them, we 
believe it is sound public policy 
to retain the existing incentives 
for charitable giving in the estate 
tax law." 




200th Commencement 

Hampden-Sydney College 

in Virginia 

May 9, 1976 

10:30 a.m. 



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In Memoriam 



DR. GEORGE W. DIEHL, 1911 

August 10, 1975 

DR. JOHN MCGAVACK, 1913 

September 12, 1975 
Research chemist and former 
technical director of the Plantation 
Division of the U.S. Rubber Co. Dr. 
McGavack began his 38 year 
association with U.S. Rubber in 1920. 
He was recognized as one of the top 
experts on rubber in the world, and 
was ranked No. 14 in a list of 100 
scientific contributors to the world's 
rubber literature. He is survived by his 
wife, a daughter, a son, four 
grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren. 

EDWIN E. OWEN, 1914 

August 7, 1975 
He was a native of Virginia and 
former resident of Ohio but had lived 
in Tampa, Florida for the past 40 
years. He is survived by his wife, two 
daughters and three grandchildren. 

NEAL ANDERSON BEDINGER, SR., 
1924 

August 28, 1975 
He was born in 

Hampden-Sydney, Va., and was a 
resident of the Tidewater Area for 32 
years. He held a position with the U.S. 
Naval Dept. in Norfolk before his 
retirement. He is survived by two 
daughters, four sons, eighteen 
grandchildren and one great 
grandchild. 

JAMES PRESTON SELVAGE, 1925 
December 1, 1975 
A former Richmond 
Times-Dispatch sports reporter and an 
industrial public relations executive, 
Mr. Selvage died in Miami in an 
automobile accident. He is survived by 
his wife and a son. 

DANIEL WEBSTER MASON, 1926 

November 18, 1974 
He was past mayor of the town 
of Pearisburg, and past president of 
Building and Lumber Dealers 
Association. He is survived by his wife, 
one son, one daughter and two 
grandchildren. 



M. CARLYLE GEE, 1926 

December 23, 1975 
He was a retired employee of 
Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co. 
He is survived by his wife, one 
daughter, one son and a brother, 
Harris Hill Gee '24 of Meherrin. 

HOWARD CECIL GILMER, JR., 1928 

November 1, 1975 
Senior law partner in the firm of 
Gilmer, Sadler, Ingram, Sutherland 
and Hutton and former chairman of 
the State Council of Higher Education. 
U.S. attorney for the Western District 
from 1948-53, Mr. Gilmer had 
previously served as assistant district 
attorney from 1933-46 and acting U.S. 
attorney from 1946-48. Mr. Gilmer 
was also a member of the Elks and the 
Masons. He is survived by his wife and 
three daughters. 

CECIL H. JONES, 1929 

September 30, 1975 
American Heritage Life 
Insurance vice president, he died in 
New York City. A resident of 
Jacksonville, Florida, since 1957, Mr. 
Jones was director ex-officio of the 
Jacksonville Symphony, the 
Newcomen Society in North America 
and is listed in Who's Who in the 
South and Southwest. During World 
War II he served with the U.S. Army 
and prior to that period, he was in 
government law enforcement and 
worked as a legislative representative 
for private industry in Washington. He 
is survived by his wife, a daughter and 
two grandchildren. 

WALTER LEE PENN, JR., 1929 
October 18, 1975 
He was associated with Pannill 
Knitting Co., and in 1946 he founded 
the Stuart Knitting Co. which later 
merged with Pannill. He is survived by 
his wife, two sons and a grandson. 

MICHAUX RAINE, JR., 1930 

October 30, 1975 

D. JACKSON SAVAGE, 1930 

August 10, 1975 
He was one of Charleston's most 
colorful trial lawyers and the youngest 



man ever elected as judge of a court of 
record in Kanawha County. At the 
time of his death, he was a member of 
the law firm of Savage, MacCorkle and 
Rippetoe. He is survived by his wife, 
one daughter and two sons. 

HOWARD M. MORECOCK, JR., 1931 

October 16, 1975 
A prominent Bristol resident 
who served as district engineer for the 
Bristol District of the Virginia 
Department of Highways for 19 years 
prior to his retirement in June. He is 
survived by his wife, one son and three 
grandchildren. 

ROBERT A. MCCHESNEY, 1932 

October 16, 1975 
He spent his entire career 
teaching in Augusta County Schools 
and serving as principal of several of 
the schools. He is survived by his wife 
and a daughter. 

THOMAS WILLIAM EVANS, II, 1940 

January 10, 1976 
He was a teacher and coach for 
24 years in Bedford, Halifax, Nelson 
and Campbell counties. He is survived 
by his wife and a daughter. 

T. ALEXANDER HUGHES, JR., 1963 

July 30, 1975 
He was an assistant 
Commonwealth's Attorney for 
Arlington County, Va. and was 
associated with Algernon L. Handy, Jr. 
in the practice of law. He is survived 
by his wife and two sons. 

CLARA NOTTINGHAM BALDWIN 

November 21, 1975 
The wife of Vice Chairman of 
the Board T. Kyle Baldwin, Mrs. 
Baldwin is survived by her husband 
and two daughters. 

EMMA ELIZABETH RANCK 
RESSLER OVERCASH 

February 22, 1976 
Born October 5, 1898, Mrs. 
Overcash attended Irving College and 
Temple University. A former teacher 
at Catawba College, she was the widow 
of Professor Hinton Baxter Overcash, 
professor of biology, 1922-1966. She 
is survived by two daughters. 



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Class Notes 



1925 

Dr. WILLIAM C. BARGER will 
present a paper to the Pan-American 
Medical Congress meeting in 
Hollywood, Florida in October. The 
subject with slide illustrations will be 
"The Significance of Children's 
Spontaneous Sculpturing as a Clue to 
Diagnosis." 

REX BLANKINSHIP of 
Richmond, Va., received the 
Distinguished Service Citation from 
Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, for 
outstanding career achievement and 
service to mankind. 



1930 

LEONARD W. TOPPING 

reports that he and four other alumni, 
Harold J. Dudley '25, John F. 
Montgomery and C. Edward Turley 
'29 and Ed. J. Agsten '31 took the 
Presbyterian Heritage Tour in 
September to Scotland, England, 
Holland, Germany and Switzerland. 

ROBERT W. LAWSON, JR., a 
Charleston, W. Va. attorney, has been 
elected to a two-year term as West 
Virginia State Delegate to the 
American Bar Association's 
policy-making House of Delegates. 



1935 

JAMES S. STECK attended the 
inauguration of Margaret Waggoner as 
the President of Wilson College in 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on 
September 27, 1975. 

A dedication program for A. 
REED DAVIS HALL was held March 
14, 1975 at West Virginia Institute of 
Technology. The Community and 
Technical College building was named 
for Dr. A. Reed Davis who served the 
College from 1949 to 1971. In 1961 
he became Dean of the College, a 
position he held until his retirement in 
1971. 

JOHN R. MARCHANT, an 
Urbanna native and president of Miller 
& Rhoads, served as grand marshal of 
the 18th annual Oyster Festival parade 
in Urbanna. 



1933 

RUSSELL G. MCALLISTER of 
Richmond is chairman of the medicine 
and religion committee and the 
publications committee of the VAFP- 



1939 

M. CLEVELAND JONES is a 
newly appointed member of the 
Virginia Methodist Homes. 

Dr. ROBERT A. BUYERS, 
Chief of Surgery at Sacred Heart 
Hospital in Norristown, Pa., was the 
recipient of the "Distinguished 
Physician's Award" at a recent 
meeting of the hospital's medical staff. 
Dr. Buyers has been a member of the 
Sacred Heart's medical staff for 25 
years. 

1940 

HARRY J. JAEGER, JR., 

minister of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 
Church recently had an article printed 
in CHRISTIANITY TODAY entitled 
"By the Light of a Masterly Moon," a 
look at Unification doctrine— complex, 
coherent, and heretical. 

Dr. VIRGIL R. MAY, JR., was 
recently a member of the faculty for 
the American Academy of 
Orthopaedic Surgeons continuing 
education course on combined tissue 
injury given at the Williamsburg Inn. 

BENJAMIN A. SOYARS, a 
corporate vice president, was named 
senior vice president - tobacco 
manufacturing for Philip Morris U.S.A. 
Soyars will serve as senior company 
official for operations in Richmond 
and Louisville. 

Dr. J. DAVISON PHILIPS has 
been elected President of Columbia 
Theological Seminary, Decatur, 
Georgia. 

Dr. ROBERT P. BARRELL, a 
Downey Veterans Administration 
Hospital Clinical psychologist has been 
elected president elect of the Illinois 
Psychological Association. He will 
assume the presidency in June 1976. 

1941 

Old Dominion University's 
Alumni Association has announced the 
establishment of the JAMES L. 
BUGG, JR., Scholarship to honor 
ODU's president who will resign 
effective June 30, 1976. The 
scholarship is to be awarded annually 
to an outstanding freshman who is the 
son or daughter of an ODU alumnus or 
alumna. 

Former United States Senator 
WILLIAM B. SPONG, JR., who is 
president-elect of the Virginia Bar 
Association, has been appointed Dean 
of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law 
at the College of William and Mary. 



1942 

MARSHALL DOSWELL, JR., 

vice president-corporate 

communications. Springs Mills, Inc., 
Fort Mills, S.C., recently received the 
Gold Key Award. 

1944 

JOHN D. POND has been 
appointed to the position of assistant 
principal at Warren County High 
School. 

1948 

Dr. SHELTON H. SHORT, III, 

has been appointed as Lecturer in West 
Indian Culture at Saint Paul's College. 
Dr. Short will be traveling in the West 
Indies Islands, and upon his return will 
give lectures on West Indian culture. 

1949 

JOHN M. IRVINE, JR., is 

currently serving as Vice-Moderator of 
the New Jersey Association of the 
United Church of Christ and as 
President of the Association Council. 

1950 

The Rev. CHARLES R. 
HUGHES, JR., former missionary to 
Mexico and area secretary for Latin 
America for the Board of World 
Missions, has become minister to the 
college at Arkansas College, Batesville. 

1952 

GEORGE STEVENS 
RICHARDSON of Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, was recently installed as 
President of the Pittsburgh Surgical 
Society. Dr. Richardson is a member 
of the Department of Plastic Surgery 
at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital. 

KENDALL P. PARKER has 
been elected vice-president and 
director of employee relations for 
Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation. 
He is headquartered in the company's 
home office in Richmond. 

1953 

ERIC H. WALL is Vice President 
and Trust Officer of the Bank of 
Yakima, Yakima, Washington. 

1955 

JOE SCOTT MAUPIN received a 
master of science degree in public 
administration at Shippensburg State 
College in August, 1975. 

JAMES C. ROBERTS, a partner 
in the Richmond law firm of Mays, 
Valentine Davenport & Moore, is 
president-elect of the Richmond Bar 
Association. 



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Ecclesiastical History was set at Hampden-Sydney College when Mrs. 
Graves H. Thompson was elected the first-ever woman moderator in the 
records of99-church Blue Ridge Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, U.S. At this 
precedent-setting moment, above, she accepts the moderator's gavel from the 
retiring leader, the Rev. Richard J . Keever, of Lynchburg. 



A church court moderator, 
if one is to function effectively, 
needs to be a preacher, parlia- 
mentarian, and pundit and it 
doesn't hurt to be adept at 
public relations. 

On all these counts, Mrs. 
Graves H. Thompson, of 
Hampden-Sydney, who set 
ecclesiastical history Saturday, 
January 24, in the 16-county, 99 
church Blue Ridge Presbytery, 
Presbyterian Church U.S., as its 
first woman moderator, emerged 
victoriously. 

She presided with precision 
through a five-hour session of 
200 congregational delegates and 
visitors in Johns Auditorium at 
Hampden-Sydney College, 
Presbyterian related and host 



institution. 

As moderator, the wife of 
Dr. Graves Thompson, classics 
professor at Hampden-Sydney, 
will preside during the 1976 
quarterly sessions of Presbytery 
and will work in its interests with 
the paid professional staff in the 
interim between formal meet- 
ings. 

It was unofficially reported 
at the gathering that the 
Thompsons now compose the 
first man-wife moderator team in 
the history of the Synod of the 
Virginias, the larger two-state 
church court of which Blue 
Ridge Presbytery is a unit. Dr. 
Thompson, an elder of College 
Church, has served in the moder- 
ator's chair previously. 



1956 

WILLIAM T. REED, III, 

conducted the Richmond Symphony 
in the Prelude to Act I of "Carmen" at 
the Mosque in Richmond in 
November. Reed was the highest 
bidder for this bit of fantasy brought 
to reality at the symphony benefit 
auction. 

JOHN R. FISHER, III, of 
Winchester has been elected President 
of the Virginia Society of Certified 
Public Accountants of the fiscal year 
1975-76. 

JOHN E. SADLER, JR., of 
Pulaski has been elected to the board 
of directors of the Virginia 
Manufacturers Association. 

An exhibition of paintings by 
ROGER K. ELLIOTT was held at the 
Lynchburg Art Club in November. The 
exhibit included several large 
hard-edge paintings as well as 
traditional works by the artist, who is 
instructor of commercial art at Central 
Virginia Community College. 

1957 

Dr. WILLIAM L. ODOM became 
the 29th president of Bethel College in 
McKenzie, Tenn., on January 24, 
1976. 

ROBERT L. MORRIS, vice 
president for personnel services with 
the Charleston Area Medical Center, 
has been elected to serve a second 
term as president of the West Virginia 
Association of Hospital Personnel 
Directors. 

1958 

Dr. R. BEN DAWSON had been 
appointed Associate Professor, 
Department of Pathology, in the 
School of Medicine, Univ. of Maryland 
Hospital, Baltimore, Md. 

1960 

RAYMOND B. WALLACE, JR., 

vice president of Cauthorne Paper Co., 
Inc., has been elected lieutenant 
governor of Area 7 of the Chesapeake 
District of Civitan International. 

GARNETT FLOYD SMITH is 
appearing in a major role in the 
Broadway musical "The Magic Show." 

1961 

W. RICHARD CLARK has been 
named director. Parenteral 
Manufacturing, Southeast, Hospital 
Products Division, Abbott 
Laboratories. 

H. BEN JONES, JR., has 
become a partner in the Warrenton law 
firm of Walker & Jones. 



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1962 

ROBERT H. TOLBERT, JR., 

who is currently associated with the 
Greenville Hospital System was a guest 
lecturer at the Fall seminar of the 
South Carolina Society for Medical 
Technology. He spoke about 
"Practical Inventory and Preventive 
Maintenance Records." 

Dr. RAYMOND L. 

CLATERBAUGH, JR., has been 
appointed to the Health Technologies 
Advisory Board Curriculum 
Committee at Dabney S. Lancaster 
Community College. 

1963 

WM. ROYALL MIDDELTHON, 
JR., has become counsel to the law 
firm of Barranco, Darlson and Daniel, 
P.A., Miami, Florida. 

W. H. BRYSON has been elected 
a Fellow of the Royal Historical 
Society. 

1964 

C. PEERMAN HOLLAND, HI, 

has accepted a position with E. F. 
Hutton & Co. in Norfolk as an account 
executive. 

1965 

JAMES B. GARRETT, associate 
professor of psychology at Western 
Illinois University, recently gave a 
colloquium on his work in hypnotic 
anesthesia at the Medical School of 
Leeds University, Leeds, England. 

On September 1, 1975, 
ROBERT W. MAXWELL, II, became a 
partner in the law firm of Taft, 
Stettinius & Hollister of Cincinnati. 

1966 

WALTER LEE MCKIBBON of 
Richmond has been elected Cashier, 
Secretary and Assistant Trust Officer 
of the United Virginia Bank of 
Gloucester. 

WALTER C. SPRYE, JR., was 
the recipient of the Rocky Mount, 
N.C. Jaycees' Distinguished Service 
Award. 

1967 

RANDOLPH HARRISON 
WATTS has been named a partner in 
the Alexandria law firm of Richard, 
Moncure, and Watts. 

1968 

EDWARD C. BECKER is now 
Assistant Headmaster and Director of 



Development at Jacksonville Episcopal 
High School, Florida. 

WILLIAM E. LANE is vice 
president of Lane Bros., Inc., 
contracting and selling paint in 
Richmond. 

1969 

Dr. HARRY A. RADDIN, JR. is 

now associated with Shocket and 
Horwitz, Ltd., in Richmond in the 
practice of orthodontics. 

J. GORDON COLEMAN, JR., 
was recently elected as a board 
member of SOLTAS, the student 
organization of the School of Library 
Science at Florida State University 
where he is working on his masters 
degree. 

RICHARD C. BELL served his 
internship and residency at the 
University of Kentucky. He is now 
employed at Lynchburg General 
Hospital. 

W. C. SCRUGGS, JR., has been 
promoted to assistant principal at 
Tunstall High School in Pittsylvania 
County. 

The American College of Life 
Underwriters has awarded to 
MICHAEL J. KRUPIN the 
professional designation of Chartered 
Life Underwriter. This diploma is 
conferred upon successful completion 
of ten comprehensive college-level 
examinations and the satisfaction of 
rigid ethical and experience 
requirements. 

1970 

ALLEN KIRKPATRICK was 
recently promoted to the position of 
assistant to the executive director of 
the Federal Trade Commission. 

Front Royal attorney DANIEL 
POND conducted a class entitled 
"Legal Aspects of Business" in the 
adult distributive education program 
of Warren County High School. 

1971 

E. FORREST JESSEE, JR., who 
received the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine from MCV in May, was the 
co-recipient of the H. Hudnall Ware 
Award for the top honor graduate in 
the School of Medicine. He also 
received the William Branch Porter 
Silver Stethescope for outstanding 
performance in Internal Medicine and 
the Mosby Book Award for excellence 
in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is 
presently serving an internship in 
Internal Medicine at MCV. 

EDWIN GADBERRY, III, has 
opened an office for the general 
practice of law in Richmond, Va. 



DAVE TRUMBOWER has been 
named head basketball coach at 
Glenvar High School in Roanoke 
County. 

E. C. MONCURE, JR., recently 
passed the Virginia State Bar 
examination. 

DUDLEY M. PATTESON has 
been elected an assistant vice president 
by Manufacturers Hanover Trust 
Company. The New York bank is the 
fourth largest in the United States. 

WALKER P. SYDNOR, JR., of 
Lynchburg was recently awarded the 
professional insurance designation. 
Chartered Property Casualty 
Underwriter. 

1972 

WALTER WINFIELD MILLER, 
III, is a news reporter with the 
Johnson City Press-Chronicle. 

NICHOLAS JOHN DOMBALIS 
has been sworn in as an assistant 
district attorney in Wake County, N.C. 

JAMES RONALD ENNIS 
recently passed the Virginia State Bar 
Examination and has been admitted to 
the practice of law in Virginia. Ennis 
has accepted a position as an attorney 
for Senator John J. Wicker and 
Associates. 

BILL BANNER is assistant 
manager of the Wilmington, N.C, 
Office of Capitol Credit Plan. 

1973 

OWEN H. MALCOLM, JR., 

Smyrna, Ga. recently accepted a 
position with Woodruff-Robinson, 
Atlanta, coordinating property 
insurance. 

LEE THOMAS HELMS is a 
second year medical student at MCV. 

MELVIN LEE CASTLE is a 
second year graduate student at 
Towson State College in Maryland in 
the School/Clinical Psychology 
Program. He has been appointed 
graduate assistant to the co-ordinator 
of the program and was recently 
initiated into Psi-Chi, the national 
honor society in psychology. 

1974 

JOSEPH DENNY 

THROCKMORTON is attending 
Dabney S. Lancaster College in Clifton 
Forge working toward a degree in 
Forestry. 

JOHN D. MACKORELL has 
entered the School of Architecture at 
the Georgia School of Technology. 

RICHARD M. JACOBS recently 
completed his Masters in Business 
Administration at Rutgers University 
and is now an associate member of the 
accounting firm of Mitchell, Wiggins 
and Company in Petersburg. 



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CLASS NOTES 



1975 

JOHN ALLEN JENNETTE has 

been selected for an Armed Forces 
Health Professions Scholarship 
Program in the medical field and has 
been appointed a Reserve Officer at 
the rank of Ensign in the Navy. 

EDWIN P. LYLE, JR., is one of 
75 first-year students accepted for the 
newly-established day division of 
studies at Salmon P. Chase College of 
Law of Northern Kentucky State 
College, Covington, KY. 

ASHTON D. MITCHELL, III, is 
now associated with the insurance firm 
of Julius Straus & Sons, Inc., in 
Richmond. 

NICKY THOMAS was named 
one of the six Powers Awards winners 
for 1975. This is a national award 
presented by the Pi Kappa Alpha 
Fraternity. 

WILLIAM ALLEN HUNTER, 
JR., has been awarded a Fellowship to 
attend Law School at the University of 
Virginia. 

JIMMY DALE WEBSTER is a 
member of the faculty at Hargrave 
Military Academy. 

JEFFREY JONES is working as 
a graduate assistant at Montclair State 
College in New Jersey. 

ALAN L. MAIN has been 
granted a music scholarship for one 
year by the international education 
program "Up With People." The noted 
singing group tours the country and 
performed during the halftime 
entertainment at the Super Bowl this 
past January. 



MARRIAGES 

1960 

WILLIAM T. SAUNDERS, JR., 
and Paula Jean Brooks were married 
on October 11, 1975, at St. John's 
Episcopal Church, Hampton, Va. 
Groomsmen included Nelson T. 
Burden, Henry C. Spalding and 
Edmund L. Waddill, all of the class of 
1960. 

1963 

Carolyn Virginia Hummel of 
Culpeper and BOYD V. SWITZER 
were married on September 6, 1975, 
in First English Evangelical Lutheran 
Church. 



1966 

Ann Winthrop Hayne and 
ALFRED JONES WALKER were 
married November 23, 1975, at the 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Charleston, West Virginia. 

1968 

Karen Kelly and EDWARD C. 
BECKER were married on December 
28, 1974, at St. Andrew's Episcopal 
Church, Wellesley, Mass. 

1969 

JOHN D. HOOKER, JR., 

married Katherine Brickhouse Schmitt 
on July 11, 1975. 

1972 

The marriage of Sharon Denise 
LeDane to HARTWELL HARRISON 
took place on August 9, 1975, at 
Sacred Heart Church. Winchester, Va. 

BRUCE BOND HOPKINS and 
Deborah Boone Dunklin of Memphis 
and Pine Bluff were married on August 
2, 1975, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 

Catharine Gordon Dolcater and 
DOUGLAS LYLE PAULSON, II, were 
married on June 15, 1974. Mr. and 
Mrs. Paulson and their baby daughter, 
Sarah, live in Tampa, Fla., where he is 
an executive trainee with Krauss Home 
Products Corp. 

1973 

LEE THOMAS HELMS and 
Sandra Jeanne Rice of Virginia Beach 
were married on June 28, 1975. 

1974 

JOSEPH DENNY 

THROCKMORTON and Rebecca Penn 
Harvey were married on May 24, 
1975, in the Appomattox Court House 
Presbyterian Church. 

Deborah Lynn Widdoes and 
THOMAS MAYNARD SHELBURNE 
were married on July 5, 1975, at the 
Christiana Presbyterian Church in 
Newark, Delaware. 

The marriage of Janet Patton 
Lewis to BRADFORD BOYD SAUER 
took place July 19, 1975, in Grace and 
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in 
Richmond. 

1975 

Cicely Grandin Moorman and 
KENNETH EDWARD POWELL were 
married on January 3, 1976, in 
Pasadena, California. 



The marriage of Gail Marcella 
Jacobs to GEORGE JOSEPH SIMONS 
took place on February 7 at the First 
United Methodist Church, 
Charlottesville. 

1976 

Katharine Reed and MARK 
BURRIS were married on January 3, 
1976, in Richmond. They now live on 
the Hampden-Sydney campus where 
Mark is Director of News and 
Information. 

BIRTHS 

1955 

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM H. 
DAUGHTREY of Richmond 
announce the birth of a daughter, 
Margaretta Smith, born August 27, 
1975. The Daughtreys have two other 
children, Blake and Emily. 

1964 

Mr. and Mrs. C. PEERMAN 
HOLLAND, III, announce the birth of 
a daughter, Stephanie, born on March 
25, 1975. 

1966 

Mr. and Mrs. RALPH 
STEDMAN OAKEY, JR., announce 
the birth of a son, Henry Fenton, born 
March 14, 1975. 

1967 

Julia Harrison Watts was born on 
October 30, 1975 to Mr. and Mrs. 
RANDOLPH HARRISON WATTS. 

1968 

Mr. and Mrs. DOUGLAS P. 
RUCKER, JR., announce the birth of 
a daughter, Louise Meredith, born 
August 19, 1975. 

1969 

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. SCRUGGS, 
JR. announce the birth of a son, 
Brandon Wade, born June 26, 1975. 

1970 

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM WAYNE 
MUSE announce the birth of a 
daughter, Sarah Webster, born October 
1, 1975. 

A daughter, Whitney Lenore, 
was born August 9, 1975, to Mr. and 
Mrs. WILLIAM HOWARD 
MORRISON. 



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Announcing 



a selection of six prints from original pen and ink 
drawings by Rachel Norment, including: 

The Alamo (1817, 1822), the oldest remaining 
structure erected on the campus; 

Gushing Hall (1824, 1833), the oldest four-story 
dormitory still in use as such in the United States; 

Venable Hall (1825, 1830-31), used originally to 
house the chapel and library of Union Theological 
Seminary; 

Middlecourt (1829), originally the home of the 
Rev. John Holt Rice, founder and first professor of 
Union Theological Seminary, it has been the home of 
the President since 1939; 

Penshurst (1830), the home of the President from 
1905-1939, it was named after the ancestral home in 
England of Algernon Sydney and serves now as a 
faculty residence; 

Graham Hall (1833), the front portion served as a 
home for College presidents until 1905. Graham Hall 
has in the past housed the alumni office, a gymnasium 
and an infirmary. Present plans are for a complete 
renovation of the building, converting it to a student 
center. 




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Portfolio of six prints* (11" x 15") $12.00 

A brief history of the buildings is included on the cover. 

Matted Portfolio Prints* 

Print 10" X 14" One print $ 4.00 

Mat 16"x20" Set of six 24.00 

Matted Miniature Prints* 

Print 4" x 6" One Print $ 2.00 

Mat 8" X 10" Set of six 12.00 

Mats are available in light gray, pale gray blue, or pale gray 
green. 

Notepaper 

12 Notes* (two of each scene) One package $ 2.50 

*copyright Rachel Norment, 1976 

In ordering, please state items, quantities, cost, and mat 
color desired. 

Mailing and Insurance Cost 
If total order is $10.00 or less, add 15%. 
If total order is over $10.00, add 10%. 

Virginia residents please add 4% sales tax. 
For further information or to order, please contact: 







The Alamo 



Mrs. Rachel Norment 

Box 233 

Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 23943 

Rachel Norment, a native of North Carohna, 
studied art at Greensboro College. She received her 
A.B. degree from Southwestern at Memphis and an 
M.A. in art education from George Peabody College in 
Nashville. She taught in Virginia and North Carolina 
public schools for five years and returned to painting 
seriously after moving to Hampden-Sydney in 1966. 
She has taught art at Southside Virginia Community 
College since 1971. Her paintings are in private and 
corporate collections throughout the East Coast. 







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